carbon offset projects

INDIA 2014

In 2014, Guala Closures Group offset 26,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent generated by its Italian production plants in 2013.
This was achieved by co-funding a wind power generation project in India.
More specifically, 26,000 VCU (Voluntary Carbon Unit) credits were purchased and collected through the carbon trading company Ecoway.
The credits belong to the VCS (Verified Carbon Standard) and are certified by TÜV NORD.



The calculation of CO2 emissions

Since 2012, Guala Closures Group has measured and analysed the annual CO2 equivalent emissions generated by each Italian plant. The analysis was conducted using the TEA Tool, developed for Guala Closures by LCEngineering, which enables the carbon footprint of the Group’s production processes to be calculated.

The method adopted to calculate the carbon footprint of the production plants follows the guidelines contained in the “Greenhouse Gas Protocol” applicable to all organisations (companies, production plants, etc.)
The 26,000 tonnes of COoffset correspond to Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions (see insert below).


Scope 1 and Scope 2 encompass emissions that can be controlled and managed by the organisation and they must be calculated.


Offsetting certificate

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol envisages the following three scopes of application for the calculation of the carbon footprint:


Scope 1 – direct emissions

These represent the direct emissions relating to the use of fuels by the company itself (direct combustion of fossil fuels or fuel used for vehicles, gas for production processes, fuel for other machinery).


 Scope 2  – indirect emissions from energy consumption

These represent the indirect emissions of GHG resulting from the generation of energy imported and consumed by the company


Scope 3 – other indirect emissions

These represent indirect emissions from sources not directly owned or controlled by the company (production of raw materials, packaging materials, accessories, transport, waste management and disposal).


Scope 1 and Scope 2 encompass the emissions that can be controlled and managed by the organisation and they must be calculated.

INDIA 2013

In 2013, Guala Closures Group offset the CO2 emissions generated by the production of 1 billion wine screwcaps through the reforestation project in India


In 2013, Guala Closures took part in a large-scale reforestation project in India, designed and launched several years earlier by the local Government of Bihar, the poorest state in India. 80,000 trees were planted, which Guala Closures funded the purchase of, while the state of Bihar subsidised the planting.


The “Guala Closures” project was undertaken in collaboration with NGO Up2Green Reforestation, with the local support of Green Leaf Energy and under the supervision of the certification body Ecocert Environnement. The choice of India was not coincidental: Guala Closures actually has three production plants there.


The project incorporated the three dimensions of sustainability generating environmental, social and economic benefits for the local communities.


Environmental benefits:
Offsetting of 20,000 tonnes of CO2, around 73 hectares planted with the recovery of the natural ecosystem. 17 different types of fruit trees were planted (40% mango, the remainder: bael, guava, lemon, pomegranate, jamun, gooseberry), increasing biodiversity.


Social benefits:
improvement in the quality of life of local communities, which are involved in the work of preserving the environment and made aware of the benefits of safeguarding it. 1,600 families  participated in the project, involving around 3,200 people in total. Each family was given the job of planting 50 trees and looking after their growth for the next 5 years.


Economic benefits:
development of the local economy thanks to the consideration received for the work of safeguarding the trees. The fruit produced can be consumed by the families involved or can be sold , therefore generating further income.