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Denmaur commits to net-zero by 2045

National paper merchant, Denmaur, has committed to the ambitious net-zero target date of 2045

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Denmaur has set out an ambitious net-zero target for 2045

UK national paper merchant, Denmaur, has set out an ambitious target of becoming net-zero by 2045.

This target comes after the company became the first UK national paper merchant to validate its near-term carbon reduction target through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Denmaur has now used the same framework to validate its net-zero target of 2045.

This target will see Denmaur reduce its total scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions by a minimum of 90% by 2045 with any remaining emissions neutralised. In addition, the company has pledged to reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions by 42% by 2030.

This 2045 target is five years ahead of the global deadline first defined by the landmark Paris Agreement. Danny Doogan, marketing and sustainability director at Denmaur, explains: “We targeted 2045 based on the net-zero work and aspirations of our customers as well as the decarbonisation plans and initiatives that are starting to come through from paper and board manufacturers.”

A manufacturer which announced plans to switch some of its mills into green paper plants last year is Burgo including Burgo Adrennes in Belgium where Denmaur’s flagship Amadeus range is produced.

Whilst the company’s net-zero target appears ambitious, Doogan says: “during discussions with several manufacturers in the last year, it’s apparent there is a strong intent to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, fossil fuel-based energy in paper production – a significant Scope 3 element of our carbon footprint.”

In order to measure its greenhouse gas emissions in line with leading global standards such as Greenhouse Gas Protocol and ISO14064-1, Denmaur uses carbon specialists Nero Carbon. 

Greg Selfe, director of Nero Carbon, adds: “Denmaur is a fantastic example of a major company proactively measuring and reducing its carbon footprint to stay ahead of both environmental regulation and its competition.”

In addition to reducing its overall carbon emissions, Denmaur will also continue to promote and invest in World Land Trust’s Carbon Balanced Paper programme.

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