Climate change is a real threat to society that must be addressed in order to avoid the consequences that are predicted will occur. RB is committed to making more with less; continually reducing emissions while producing more and growing the business. Through the implementation of energy efficient production processes, the purchasing of energy from renewable sources, the implementation of renewable technologies on-site, and we will continue to reduce our manufacturing emissions.
Our 2020 Goal: 1/3 less carbon footprint per dose of product.
Determining our total carbon footprint entails a robust and comprehensive calculation of GHG emissions throughout the lifecycle of our products – from the sourcing of raw materials to the way they are manufactured, used and disposed of. Since we now measure the impacts of all of our new products using our Sustainable Innovations App, we have been able to change the way we measure our total carbon footprint from a top-down to a product-level approach, which has enabled us to gain better insights into the impacts our products are having globally. This change has required us to update our 2012 baseline to match our new methodology. See below for the carbon footprint split between lifecycle stages (2015 data):
We’re working to reduce carbon emissions, especially where we have the biggest impact: consumer use, and raw and packaging materials. We assess each product against carbon footprint in these areas.
Our 2020 goals:
Since 2012, we have made great progress in improving the energy efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint of our facilities. Some initiatives conducted include:
RB’s Trees for Change programme launched in 2006 because we believe it is important to actively mitigate our company’s impact on climate change. By planting trees we help to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere that would otherwise have remained there contributing to global warming.
Our goal is to plant enough trees to take in the same amount of carbon dioxide as our manufacturing operations will generate from 2006 to 2017, effectively making our manufacturing operations carbon neutral. This programme supplements our ambitious carbon reduction target – to reduce our total carbon footprint by 1/3.
We manage this programme in-house rather than using an external offsetting company, which means we’re responsible for making sure enough trees survive and grow, including replacing the ones that don’t make it.
Since 2006, we have planted and maintained over 8 million native trees. In 2015, we planted 1,303,000 trees and extended our total holdings for the programme to over 121 sq. km.
We have always strived to be a good neighbour. We understand that land use priorities are changing within British Colombia. As a result, in 2015, we paused the scheme pending a thorough assessment of the programme. As part of this review, we have engaged with local stakeholders to understand how RB’s Trees for Change programme can continue to make a positive contribution to the local community.
Our methodology for estimating the carbon sequestered by the trees planted through our programme is aligned with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Good Practice Guidance for Land Use and Land-Use Change & Forestry Projects which is independently assured: