WJ Group has been awarded an International Green Apple Environment Award in the campaign to find the greenest companies.
They competed against more than 500 other nominations in the International Green Apple Awards and have been presented with their trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London, on November 21.
Their nomination “Reducing Carbon through Life Cycle Assessment Models” detailed the development of their product carbon footprint calculator and how they were able to reduce embedded carbon within their materials.
WJ Product carbon footprint calculator Cradle to Gate Life Cycle Assessment Model that provides quick, efficient, and reliable at-scale carbon foot printing for all current and future hot applied thermoplastic products. This was then independently verified to PAS 2050:2011 and ISO14067 (2018) by Lucideon, meeting the specifications and standards requirements for quantifying and reporting.
Using the carbon footprint model, they were able to determine that switching from a hydrocarbon resin binder to a biogenic alternative; rosin ester, reduced the average embedded carbon in their materials by 81%, which when calculated against the amount of material they produce means a reduction of 22,000tCO2e, or more than double their total annual operational footprint.
As a result of this International Green Apple Award success, they have been invited to accept Green World Ambassador status and have their winning paper published in The Green Book (the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice) so that others around the world can follow their lead and learn from their achievement.
This will also entitle them to represent the UK in the Green World Environment Awards which are held in a different country every year.
The Green Apple Awards are run by The Green Organisation – an international, independent, non-profit, non-political environment group that began in 1994 to recognise, reward, and promote environmental best practices around the world.