We make the world’s lowest carbon intensity leather, at 1.1kg of CO2 per hide.
Our goal is zero. Zero waste. Zero carbon.
Our Carbon Positive Aspiration is how we refer to the carbon intensity target we've set ourselves: to be net zero by 2025. This doesn’t just help us as a business, or as a family-owned group of companies, but helps our automotive customers reach their own decarbonisation goals, too.
We have everything on our doorstep. The mild Scottish climate, the finest rawhides, even water from our own loch. As part of Scottish Leather Group, we’re known for our industry-leading circular manufacturing process, because we want nothing to go to waste. In developing our own renewably driven self-heating system, we have already reduced the amount of waste sent to landfill by 81% in 2020. This reduction in landfill is a major landmark in our journey to zero process waste by 2025. The further expansion of our thermal energy plant will help bring our goal of zero process waste closer to reality.
Reducing Carbon Intensity
Converting waste into energy, as well as using solely renewable wind-derived electricity, has dramatically reduced the carbon intensity measured as carbon dioxide equivalent of our leather. Since 2003, we have significantly reduced the carbon intensity of our leather per hide from 10.9kg CO2e to 1.1kg CO2e in 2020.
But our journey to 2025 is just the beginning. Keeping an eye on bigger picture targets is what we do best. In the UK, the government wants all cars to be electric by 2050 - and we want those interiors to feature the most sustainably produced, fine automotive leather.
Life Cycle Analysis
Our use of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) measures the true environmental impact of our leathers through raw material sourcing, manufacture, distribution and customer use. As a tool, it enables us to identify areas within our supply chain and process for improvement, plus provides us with opportunity and resource to support our customers with their own carbon reduction goals. LCA advances the assessment levels we put our products through, and pushes us to strive for resource efficiency, sustainable utilisation and end-of-life recovery of our leather.
Our annual Sustainability Report summarises our activities, commitments and innovation agenda. All supporting and driving us towards a more sustainable future.
Producing low carbon leather is part of our work under Goal 12 of the UN Global Compact: Responsible production and consumption. Read more about how we uphold practices across our manufacture to support this in our report.