Essity’s carbon reduction partnership with IPP is more than a hygiene factor

One of the world’s largest hygiene and health companies is working collaboratively with its strategic supply chain partner to reduce the carbon footprint created by the delivery of more than two million pallets a year.

Essity, which owns tissue and paper towel brands including Cushelle and Plenty and manufactures products for both the retail and professional markets, has a partnership with IPP, one of Europe’s leading pallet poolers as part of its mission to ‘create sustainable value together.’

Coventry-based IPP delivers more than two million pallets per year into 21 locations across the UK and Ireland for Essity, an operation where both parties are looking to reduce CO2 and NoX emissions at the same time as reducing costs and boosting operational efficiencies.

Since November last year, the two multi-million pound businesses have been looking into augmenting their existing relationships and those with joint transport partners to reduce empty running, the practice of returning vehicles with no payload that contribute to pollution and create additional congestion on the UK’s already busy roads and motorways.

The collaboration includes incentivising transporters and identifying empty running legs where additional Essity products could be decanted and trans-shipped to reduce redundant journeys, which will also reduce supply chain costs.

Terry Scott, planning and logistics manager at Essity, said: “We work closely with IPP to troubleshoot these thorny issues because we are a global brand with a mission to reduce our impact on the environment. 

“The fact that working with IPP means that we can also achieve high levels of waste reduction more cost-effectively is a major bonus to both businesses.”

Shelley Harris, commercial director at IPP, said: “Customers such as Essity recognise and embrace the issues around carbon reduction through partnership working. 

“The company has a very high profile in both the retail and medical markets and it rightly has a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to inefficiency in its supply chain. We work in partnership with the business to deliver reductions in empty running and total transparency so everyone can see the savings.

“This is a good example of proactivity as companies like Essity recognise the ECOnomics of sustainability – not just as a ‘nice to have’, but as an economic and environmental necessity.”

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