Environmental Statement

This policy applies to all activities undertaken by SDK Group Limited and impacts upon suppliers and customers.

Our Goal - Our Promise

As part of our dedication to environmental sustainability and our promise to combat climate change, SDK Group Limited commits to achieving net-zero carbon emissions over the lifespan of our company. Recognizing the urgency of addressing climate change, we aim to reduce our future carbon footprint and retrospectively offset all historical CO2 emissions since our company’s inception. Our approach includes a multi-faceted strategy to ensure we meet this ambitious goal:

Carbon Offset Initiatives

Investing in verified carbon offset projects, such as reforestation, renewable energy, and community-based sustainability projects, to neutralize our past and ongoing emissions. Our goal is to offset an equivalent amount of CO2 to what has been emitted by our operations since the company was founded, making us net-zero retrospectively and moving forward.

Ongoing Review and Adaptation

Continually reviewing our CO2 goals to adapt to new scientific insights and technological advancements. This includes regularly assessing the effectiveness of our chosen offset projects and making adjustments as necessary to maximize our positive environmental impact.

Staff Engagement and Training

We encourage the contribution of innovative ideas and sustainable practices, rewarding significant efforts towards energy efficiency and waste reduction. This collective approach empowers our employees to be ambassadors of sustainability, reinforcing our commitment to environmental stewardship within and beyond our operations.

Sustainable Sourcing

We prioritise sustainable sourcing by exclusively partnering with primary suppliers accredited under ISO 14001. This approach enhances our environmental performance, ensures compliance with legislation, and aligns with our sustainability goals through regular assessments and collaborative improvement initiatives with suppliers. Our dedication to sustainable supply chain management underscores our commitment to reducing our environmental footprint and promoting a more sustainable economy.

Waste Management and Reduction Strategy

We have enhanced its waste reduction strategy by integrating advanced software and equipment since 2020, achieving a 35% reduction in material waste. Through efficient job management and precision cutting, along with a robust recycling program and waste compaction, the company significantly minimizes its environmental footprint. These initiatives reflect our ongoing commitment to sustainability, marrying commercial success with proactive environmental stewardship.

Energy Efficiency Measures

We made significant strides in sustainability, transitioning to 100% renewable energy and implementing eco-friendly upgrades, including LED lighting and electric vehicles by 2022. Advanced energy management and staff engagement further optimize energy use and promote green practices.

By committing to net-zero emissions over the life of our company, including offsetting our historical carbon footprint, SDK Group Limited takes a significant step towards responsible environmental stewardship. We recognize this commitment as not just an obligation to our planet but as a strategic investment in our collective future, ensuring we contribute to a sustainable and resilient environment for generations to come.

As part of our dedication to environmental sustainability and our promise to combat climate change, SDK Group Limited commits to achieving net-zero carbon emissions over the lifespan of our company. Recognizing the urgency of addressing climate change, we aim to reduce our future carbon footprint and retrospectively offset all historical CO2 emissions since our company’s inception. Our approach includes a multi-faceted strategy to ensure we meet this ambitious goal:

Carbon Offset Initiatives

Investing in verified carbon offset projects, such as reforestation, renewable energy, and community-based sustainability projects, to neutralize our past and ongoing emissions. Our goal is to offset an equivalent amount of CO2 to what has been emitted by our operations since the company was founded, making us net-zero retrospectively and moving forward.

Ongoing Review and Adaptation

Continually reviewing our CO2 goals to adapt to new scientific insights and technological advancements. This includes regularly assessing the effectiveness of our chosen offset projects and making adjustments as necessary to maximize our positive environmental impact.

Staff Engagement and Training

We encourage the contribution of innovative ideas and sustainable practices, rewarding significant efforts towards energy efficiency and waste reduction. This collective approach empowers our employees to be ambassadors of sustainability, reinforcing our commitment to environmental stewardship within and beyond our operations.

Sustainable Sourcing

We prioritise sustainable sourcing by exclusively partnering with primary suppliers accredited under ISO 14001. This approach enhances our environmental performance, ensures compliance with legislation, and aligns with our sustainability goals through regular assessments and collaborative improvement initiatives with suppliers. Our dedication to sustainable supply chain management underscores our commitment to reducing our environmental footprint and promoting a more sustainable economy.

Waste Management and Reduction Strategy

We have enhanced its waste reduction strategy by integrating advanced software and equipment since 2020, achieving a 35% reduction in material waste. Through efficient job management and precision cutting, along with a robust recycling program and waste compaction, the company significantly minimizes its environmental footprint. These initiatives reflect our ongoing commitment to sustainability, marrying commercial success with proactive environmental stewardship.

Energy Efficiency Measures

We made significant strides in sustainability, transitioning to 100% renewable energy and implementing eco-friendly upgrades, including LED lighting and electric vehicles by 2022. Advanced energy management and staff engagement further optimize energy use and promote green practices.

By committing to net-zero emissions over the life of our company, including offsetting our historical carbon footprint, SDK Group Limited takes a significant step towards responsible environmental stewardship. We recognize this commitment as not just an obligation to our planet but as a strategic investment in our collective future, ensuring we contribute to a sustainable and resilient environment for generations to come.

We are Carbon Negative – 2024

In our commitment to not only mitigate our impact on the environment but to actively contribute to its betterment, SDK Group Limited is proud to announce that from the year 2024 onwards, our operations will achieve a carbon-negative status. This ambitious goal is reached through strategic investment in carbon offset projects, specifically by supporting the creation and preservation of native woodlands in the UK, which sequester more carbon than our operations emit. Our dedication to exceeding net-zero emissions demonstrates our leadership in environmental stewardship and our resolve to make a positive impact on the planet.

Project Highlights: Hawkshaw Woodland Initiative

As part of our carbon-negative strategy, we have invested in the Hawkshaw project, a new native broadleaf woodland located in the Scottish Borders, adjacent to the River Tweed—an area of significant environmental sensitivity and importance. This project aligns with our goals by providing a multitude of ecological benefits:

  • Rainwater Interception and Water Quality Improvement: Enhancing the local water cycle and contributing to the stability and quality of the River Tweed ecosystem.
  • Biodiversity Enhancement: Creating a habitat for a diverse range of species, thus enriching the local biodiversity and promoting ecological balance.
  • Air Quality and Habitat Provision: Improving air quality and offering crucial habitat space for wildlife, contributing to the overall health of the ecosystem.
  • Landscape Diversity: Introducing woodland into a landscape predominantly characterized by open grazing and commercial forestry, thereby adding ecological variety and resilience.

Accreditation and Carbon Credit Approach

Our involvement with the Hawkshaw project is guided by the highest standards of environmental integrity and accountability:

  • Accreditation Standard: The project is certified under the Woodland Carbon Code (WCC), ensuring it meets rigorous criteria for ecological benefit and carbon sequestration.
  • Credit Type: Our investment is represented by Pending Issuance Units (PIUs), which denote the future carbon savings expected as the woodland matures. These PIUs are essential steps towards generating tangible Woodland Carbon Units (WCUs), affirming the carbon savings achieved.

This approach underscores our commitment to supporting projects that not only offset carbon but also provide lasting environmental benefits. It’s important to note that while PIUs represent anticipated future benefits, our investment in the Hawkshaw project is a testament to our belief in long-term environmental sustainability and our role in supporting ecosystems that will flourish for generations.

Our Promise for a Carbon Negative Passed, Present & Future

By achieving carbon-negative operations from 2024 through strategic investments like the Hawkshaw woodland initiative, SDK Group Limited sets a new benchmark for corporate environmental responsibility. We are not just offsetting our carbon footprint; we are actively contributing to the creation of a more sustainable and resilient natural world. Our efforts go beyond mere compliance or offsetting; they are an investment in the future of our planet.

This initiative is part of our broader commitment to environmental stewardship, underlining our promise to exceed sustainability goals, enhance biodiversity, and support the health of ecosystems in which we operate. As we move forward, SDK Group Limited remains dedicated to exploring and supporting innovative projects that align with our vision for a sustainable, carbon-negative future.