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PENNINE PACK AND INVESTORS IN THE ENVIRONMENT WIN TWO AWARDS AT THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

The GBN, a Yorkshire micro-business, has been presented with two Green Apple Awards earlier today in recognition of their Environmental Best Practice at the Houses of Parliament in London. Two of The GBN’s divisions were recognised within their individual fields at the Awards: Investors in the Environment won the Green Champion Award for environmental best practice in the service industries for their work with companies, assisting them to reduce their environmental impact by the implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS), with a real focus on practical implementation. Pennine Pack won a Bronze Award for best practice in the packaging…
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Climate Change penalties of £1.4million for 85 companies who did not follow the rules.

The Government recently updated their list of companies prosecuted for failing to comply with five different sets of climate change legislation. Click here for the original post. EU Emissions Trading Scheme: There were 16 prosecutions for failing to comply with Regulation 9, operation without a permit. Penalties ranged between £650 and £55,000. There were 3 prosecutions for failing to comply with Regulation 41, Failing to surrender (buy) ‘allowances’ to offset their carbon emissions. Penalties ranged between £27,500 and £460,900. The largest penalty was to PUPL Realisation Limited (formerly Polestar UK Print Limited) which has since gone into administration and been…
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Zero Waste Week – The David Attenborough effect.

There have been two consultations recently relating to plastics and packaging. The first was the usual humdrum we need to tweak the recycling targets for the amount of waste packaging that businesses must subsidise. It received 45 responses. It was fairly typical of the annual updates to packaging targets that we see nearly every year. The second was posted after Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet was televised and sought opinions about the definition of single use plastics and the use of taxes to influence single use plastics. It received over 200 responses from trade associations, compliance schemes and businesses with…
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The GBN events programme

All events free for PP / EC members, except 1st Feb where we have a discount code to get a discount if they book both sessions. please get in touch with John / Becky to reserve a place / access the discount code or go to the iie website for more details.
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Clean Air Zones – Is this going to be the biggest change to motoring that we have ever seen?

Clean Air Zones – Is this going to be the biggest change to motoring that we have ever seen? The UK has consistently failed to meet air quality targets to the point where both the European Union and environmental charities are taking the UK Government to court to help to prevent thousands of premature deaths associated with pollution. A significant proportion of this pollution comes from our use of cars, buses and lorries. The UK is putting a framework into place to address the worst pollution hotspots through the introduction if Clean Air Zones (CAZ). The driver behind the CAZ…
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Pennine-Pack is 20!

When the Pennine-Pack packaging compliance scheme was set up in 2008 by The Calderdale and Kirklees Green Business Network it had only 10 members. We now number over 100 members split between the original Pennine-Pack scheme, an offshoot that operates in Northern Ireland and Ethical Compliance. Ethical Compliance was launched in 2014 giving members the option to choose to buy UK only PRNs. It is wonderful that 2 of the original members are still with us and almost half of our members have been with us in excess of 10 years. We left the umbrella of the council’s support nine…
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Government to review the use and impact of single-use plastics and packaging waste

Summary: The Government wants to make big changes to consumer behaviour to reduce the impact of single use plastics, increase recycling of reusable materials and that the packaging industry will have to pay for this. It is likely that the cost of ‘packaging compliance’ will increase by a factor of five to ten times its current level over the next two to five years to meet changes in both British Governmental policy and new EU directives. On Tuesday 13th March, in his Spring Statement, Philip Hammond announced that the British Government will consult on how the tax system can be…
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Investors in the Environment’s Becky Taylor is recognised for her contribution to sustainability at the inaugural Inspiring Women Changemakers ‘Igniting Inspiration’ Awards.

Investors in the Environment’s Becky Taylor is recognised for her contribution to sustainability at the inaugural Inspiring Women Changemakers ‘Igniting Inspiration’ Awards. At the Inspiring Women Changemakers ‘Igniting Inspiration’ Awards in Bradford last week, Becky Taylor, who runs ‘Investors in the Environment’ in Yorkshire & the Humber, was presented with an Award for the Sustainability Savvy Organisation. The judges noted Becky's passion for sustainability and her ability to make a meaningful impact through her work. She was nominated for the award by iiE member Michelle Marks of Coral Mountain. In September 2016, after over 20 years’ experience in industry, Becky…
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Pennine-Pack Win Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice

Pennine-Pack were presented with a Green Apple Award in recognition of their Environmental Best Practice earlier today at the Houses of Parliament in London. The Yorkshire based micro-business helps companies to comply with packaging regulations* whilst actively supporting the UK recycling industry. In 2010, Pennine-Pack committed to encouraging their customers to take a more holistic approach to recycling at a time when increasing amounts of waste were being shipped overseas for recycling. Accordingly, customers were invited to sign up to Pennine-Pack’s Ethical Compliance scheme which is committed to buying all its recycling certificates from UK recyclers. The industry ‘norm’ is…
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Here are my last thoughts for Zero Waste Week

Here are my last thoughts for Zero Waste Week, this time focussing on energy savings that you can look at. Measure it! Check your energy meters regularly and look for unusual patterns of energy use. Checking energy use overnight or at weekends when a building is supposed to be empty tells you how big your base load is. Check to see what actually runs 24/7. If you don’t know how much energy your equipment uses, how will you know how much energy it saves if you turn it off / wastes if you leave it on? Turn it off! It…
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Increase in carton recycling boosted by new facility in West Yorkshire

It is now ten years since the ‘Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment’ (ACE) UK launched its first beverage carton recycling initiative. Ten years later and they have reported that the number of local authorities collecting cartons for recycling from the kerbside has hit 66% compared to only 57% in 2013/14. It is not clear what proportion of cartons are actually recycled Many of the cartons collected are recycled in West Yorkshire by Sonoco Alcore who opened their carton recycling facility in 2013 with a capacity to process 25,000t of cartons, that’s around 40% of the paper based food…
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Zero Waste Shop

And at the other end of the scale, we have the Zero Waste Shop in Totnes. Nicola and Richard became disillusioned with City Life in an apartment with no recycling facilities. They started to wage a war on packaging and to cut out a few steps, they now run an organic wholefood shop in Totnes where everything sold is sold without packaging. So how do you run a shop with no packaging? – Its easy. You bring your own containers, (1) weigh the container, (2) fill the container with the product of your choice, (3) re-weigh the container, (4) label…
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Waging war on plastic bottles

Continuing our Zero Waste Week campaign, the Scottish government is proposing to introduce a deposit scheme for bottles and cans. We think this is a great idea but not very practical and without financial merit as we stand today. Lets start with the problem: In the UK a typical household uses around 480 plastic bottles a year but only recycles just over half of them. Greenpeace claim that most soft drinks manufacturers sell in single use bottles using over 2 million tonnes of plastic and on a global scale, only 6.6% are recycled. Some of those bottles will have travelled…
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£10m invested in North Yorkshire to improve recycling and reduce waste going to Landfill.

Yorwaste have invested something like £10 million this year to increase their capacity. Most recently, they have opened a £3million waste transfer station to handle 75,000t of waste per year (about 300t per day) to service households across York and North Yorkshire. The Harewood Whin site will sort and bulk up waste before sending it to the Allerton Waste Recovery Park to generate energy from the residual waste. The Allerton Waste Recovery Park will generate enough energy to power 40,000 homes.
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Packaging Regulations changes expected by the end of 2017

We are awaiting amendments to both GB & NI regulations to bring them into line with announcements made in the Spring Budget in April. The changes are expected to realign recycling targets up to 2020. Some of the targets might stretch capacities in the UK and there are external factors, particularly in China, that make us anxious about PRN prices for metals, plastic and wood for both short term and longer term, but we don’t want to cry wolf in case we are wrong. If you need to budget for 2018, please let us know and we can have a…
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Pennine-Pack Win Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice.

Pennine-Pack Ltd, operators of three packaging compliance schemes and the environmental accreditation scheme ‘Investors in the Environment’ and environmental consultancy TheGBN.co.uk , have won a Green Apple for Environmental Best Practice 2017. In 2012, Pennine-Pack were looking at their carbon footprint and realized that although their scope 1 & 2 emissions were relatively modest, about 5t CO2e, one of our scope 3 emissions associated with the recycling certificates for waste shipped to China was three orders of magnitude worse, about 5,000t. To reduce this relatively large impact, we resolved to: Increase the proportion of British recycling that we supported Promote…
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European Court confirms that cores are packaging

Cores are defined as packaging. The European Court has confirmed this regulation after two suits were brought by French companies The Court of Justice of the European Union has clarified the definition of packaging in two cases referred by French courts. In its judgement, the General Court (previously the Court of First Instance) rules that "roll cores in the form of rolls, tubes and cylinders around which flexible material is wound and sold to consumers" constitute packaging within the meaning of the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. The ECJ issued this verdict in response to questions that the Paris…
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Whats the difference between degradable, compostable or bio-plastics?

There is a lot of confusion between a few plastics terms that define how easily they ‘return to nature’. Below, we try to explain the difference between some of them: Degradable – means it can be degraded, broken down. Cutting plastic with scissors, grinding into dust is degrading it. You may have seen flexible plastics that become brittle and break down in the sun and crumbles. Degradable plastics just become smaller and smaller pieces of plastic. It is small pieces of plastic like this that fish can feed on, filling their intestines, but giving them no nutrition. Biodegradable – Biodegradable…
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Updated waste duty of care code of practice

The updated Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice for England is much shorter than the previous version (16 pages, was 57 pages) in an attempt to make it easier to understand. The Scottish and Northern Ireland versions are 66 and 59 pages long and are closer to the previous version that many of you will recognise.
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Community Foundation for Calderdale recognises Pennine-Pack at their 25th anniversary dinner

We were delighted to receive this unique plaque recognising our contributions to Community Foundation for Calderdale at their 25th anniversary presentations last night. Thank you. Pennine-Pack Ltd has donated over £12,000 to the Community Foundation over the last seven years. The kerbside Fund that supports employment and environmental causes has been the main recipient, but following the 2015 Boxing Day Floods Pennine-Pack made a donation through the Community Foundation to Project Colt to help them to replace their vehicles and this year we have supported the Watermark fund with 1% of our management fees from 2016. After the 2015 Boxing…
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Investors in the Environment – Our latest service

From 1st September 2016 the operation of Investors in the Environment (iiE) Yorkshire and Humber region has been taken over by our sister brand, The Green Business Network. The Green Business Network is an Environmental Consultancy based in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. Our parent company, Pennine-Pack Ltd, was the first businesses accredited to iiE in Yorkshire. From the start we have believed iiE to be a fantastic option for businesses seeking to improve their environmental performance and gain recognition and accreditation at a reasonable cost. All the other alternatives that we considered were simply too expensive or too time consuming to…
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Pennine-Pack are runners up in Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2016

Press Release 27 May 2016 Pennine Pack are delighted to have been awarded runner up in the Supply Chain category in the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2016. The Yorkshire based company was chosen for its approach in offering customers a low carbon option whilst actively supporting the UK recycling industry. John Mooney, Director of Pennine Pack, commented that “we are not only thrilled and extremely honoured to have been runner up in this award, but are also slightly surprised due to scale of some of the other organisations.” He went onto say “we’re a micro business based in Hebden Bridge…
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Pennine-Pack supports the Watermark Fund

Pennine-Pack was lucky enough to escape the December floods but I consider it a privilege to have seen the way the community has pulled together to help each other and to be part of it. Now that the water has subsided and some businesses have reopened it is easy to forget that many people are still living ‘upstairs’ until their homes are refurbished. Behind closed doors, they are working away to get things back to ‘normal’. For some people, normal will never be the same because homeowners with houses built after 2009 and all businesses are not entitled to use…
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Amendments to packaging regulations published February 2016

Changes to the packaging regulations passed through parliament on 23rd February 2016. The main changes are: removal and replacement of regulations relating to the approval of schemes, passing responsibility for approval of schemes from DEFRA to the relevant agency, including NI, a new regulation permitting authority to sign for an approved person to someone else. We are keeping a close eye on this last point as the published regulations are not what the Environment Agency were expecting. We will update you on changes / clarifications as they are published. Stop Press – 2016 Budget Update The 2016 budget includes a…
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Pennine-Pack shortlisted for Guardian Sustainable Business Award

Pennine Pack are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2016. The Yorkshire based company has been shortlisted in the Supply Chain category for its approach in offering customers a low carbon option which actively supports the UK recycling industry. The Ethical Compliance packaging scheme reduces the supply chain for third party waste producers, reduces CO2 from transport and processing, and ensures best practice employment conditions. John Mooney, Director of Pennine Pack, said “we’re obviously thrilled that the project has been recognized as part of the shortlist. We know that by encouraging UK recycling, as opposed…
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Pennine-Pack launches UK's first low carbon packaging compliance scheme

We are pleased to announce that following a detailed look at our carbon footprint and a low key trial, Pennine-Pack Ltd is launching the UK’s first low carbon packaging compliance scheme, Ethical Compliance. As a business, in our carbon footprint, our direct emissions (Scope 1 & 2) amount to about 5 tonnes per year. When we looked at our indirect emissions we considered the difference in emissions for recycling in the UK and abroad. Recycling abroad, usually in China, adds about 18,000km of shipping which adds about 300kg CO2e of emissions per tonne of waste shipped Our share at Pennine-Pack…
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2012 - 2017 Changes to packaging regulations

In March, DEFRA announced that the Government will bring forward legislation to set new targets for packaging recycling and recovery from 2013 – 2017. The headline is an annual increase in the overall recovery rate of 1% per year taking us from 74% to 79% which does not alarm us. The painful detail is: An annual increase of 5% for plastic, taking plastic from 32% to 57%, 3% percent annum for aluminium, taking aluminium from 40% to 55% and A more modest 1% per annum for steel bringing it from 71% to 76%. A more modest 1% per annum for…
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Pennine-Pack goes for Green with Investors in the Environment

Pennine-Pack Ltd are very pleased to announce that we have upgraded our silver accreditation with Investors in the Environment to the premium Green standard. We have been accredited to the Investors in the Environment Green Standard which required the company to implement an environmental policy, measure use of resources, set targets to improve performance, measure our carbon footprint and make a commitment to other environmental measures such as using FSC certified paper. “We were delighted to achieve the ‘Silver’ standard last summer and have upgraded to ‘Green’ this year because Investors in the Environment is flexible enough to work in…
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