Goals and Environmental Results
Reduce Energy Consumption
We have set a goal to reduce our energy consumption by 25% by 2020, based on our 2012 usage. We measure this as Gigajoules per tonne of production. In 2012, our measurement was 18.18 GJ/ton of production. By 2020 we need to be at 13.64 GJ/ton of production. Since 2012, we have reduced energy consumption per tonne of production by 8%. This is an annual energy reduction of 61,659 gigajoules, which is the equivalent to the amount of energy used to supply electricity to 5,000 homes for an entire year. CKF has many ongoing programs and projects that will continue to reduce energy and we are on track to achieve our goal of a 25% reduction from our 2012 usage by the year 2020.
All Products to be Recyclable or Compostable
Our goal is that 100 % of the packaging produced by CKF is recyclable or compostable by 2020. In 2015, 58% of the packaging we produced was compostable and/or compostable. Our moulded pulp packaging is recyclable and compostable plus our PET packaging recyclable. Also included in the recyclable category is foam in the provinces of BC and Ontario, which report greater than 50% rates of recycling for this material.
Reduce Carbon Footprint
The GHG (Green House Gas) measurement contains both the emissions from our production facilities and the transportation used to distribute product to our customers. Our original goal, set in 2012 was to reduce emissions by 25% by 2020. In the 3 years since we launched our sustainability mission, we have reduced GH emissions by a staggering 48.5%. We have now increased our 2020 goal to a total GHG emission reduction of 57.5% from 2012 levels. CKF uses various types of packaging materials to get its product to market. CKF can help the environment by packaging optimization and minimizing the volume of materials used. . CKF has begun measuring the amount of packaging as a percentage of the total amount of finished it sends to its customers. CKF is gathering the data and will start reporting on the metric this year.
In the last several years, we have been able to capture more waste items, such as organics, plastics and wood and divert the materials away from the landfill. In 2015 we increased our waste diversion by 50% from 320 metric tonnes. In addition, we are working to reduce the amount of waste being generated in house by either reusing it in processes or by reducing the amount and volume of materials that is used to package the supplies we purchase for our own use.
An integral component of our Sustainability Mission is people. As an 85 year old company, we realize that our people are our greatest asset which is why we have incorporated social aspects into our Sustainability Action Plan. We have set goals for Employee Engagement and Community Involvement. Local communities are important for our employees and our business, so we participate and assist in developments. Safety has always been and will continue to be an important corporate goal of CKF.
We have established Green Teams in each of our factory locations. The Green Teams are responsible for identifying local projects that will benefit the environment and draw the community together. Examples include planting vegetable gardens and trees in the community.
We pride ourselves on a proactive safety culture which is reinforced and supported at all levels of the company. We have achieved 7 years and counting of no lost time accidents in our Hantsport facility and over a year in our Rexdale plant. Great accomplishments, but our commitment to safety is on-going as we work towards a zero incident record.