Diamond's Verified Carbon Footprint
Carbon footprints are the foundation of the path to carbon neutrality. They help organizations identify opportunities to reduce the climate impacts of their operations and are also used to create baselines against which greenhouse gas reduction efforts can be benchmarked. For Diamond Packaging, we knew it was important to be transparent and have integrity with showcasing exactly the amount of greenhouse gases emitted throughout our operations, as we contribute to the fight against climate change.
Verified by SCS Global Services
Along with our transparency, comes credibility. Diamond pursued independent verification of our 2021 entity-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from SCS Global Services, an international leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification. Our Verified Carbon Footprint ensures that our data is reliable and meets the ISO 14064-3 standard as well as the World Resources Institute/World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol.
What Scopes and Data are Included in our Verification?
The verification of our GHG emissions inventory covers Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions (Scope 1 for our own operations and Scope 2 for our energy inputs). The emissions include CO2, CH4, and N2O, for two (2) facilities under operational control in Rochester, NY, along with warehouse equipment and company vehicles. Processes that were verified include the design and manufacturing of our folding cartons, as well as the printing on packages.
The sources of our greenhouse gas emissions were from natural gas, propane, diesel, and gasoline for Scope 1, whereas Scope 2 included electricity and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). Our emissions for Scope 1 totaled 519 tonnes of CO2e, and for Scope 2 totaled 804 tonnes of CO2e. You can read more in our full verification statement. The verification assessment and resulting verification opinion is based upon an evaluation of the GHG inventory data, GHG data management system, and the reporting and verification criteria.
About Carbon Footprint Verification
The process of the third-party auditor includes gathering evidence and assessing materiality through independent crosschecks of data, calculations, emission factors, and/or calculation methodologies. Any further information is then collected and corrective actions are documented. If conformance against the standards are met, then a positive verification is given. A third-party verified carbon footprint indicates that the verification team did not find quantitative errors which exceeded +/-5% and the team did not find any material non-conformances with the inventory preparation requirements of the WRI GHG Protocol based upon the assessment conducted. Reporting verified carbon footprints to registries provides greater credibility for stakeholders.
Learn more about greenhouse gas verification by visiting the SCS Global Services website.
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