Using a philosophy powered by UN SDGs, CHUK achieved a total carbon intensity of 0.1317 tCO2e/MT as compared to the average carbon footprint of plastic is estimated to be 3.5 kg tCO2e/MT. Demonstrating leadership, CHUK’s sustainability report for FY 2022-23, factors in Scope 1 through 3 emissions. Scope 1 (vehicles and logistics) accounted for 1.70% of the carbon footprint, followed by Scope 2 (Renewable and Purchased Electricity) and Scope 3 (purchased goods and services, waste, and raw materials) accounting for 33.24% and 65.06%, respectively.
The report showcases CHUK's outstanding contributions to reducing carbon emissions, achieving net zero goals, and promoting sustainability within the tableware industry. However, it also acts as a larger scope for the MSME and manufacturing industry on how to align operations to generate sustainable impacts.
The brand’s bi-pillar strategy (built in collaboration with UN SDGs) focused on Monitoring & Reporting and Decarbonization & Net Zero, covers multiple parameters across 12 out of 17 goals in the UN’s list. The UN SDGs were devised to achieve the creation of a sustainable planet by 2030. The 17 parameters outline different areas across social governance, poverty alleviation, etc., to be addressed for the same.
The approach used by CHUK factored in responsible local sourcing of raw materials to reduce logistical delays and carbon footprint as a byproduct of transportation while uplifting local farming communities. Secondly, effective water management was demonstrated through effluent in effluent treatment plants (ETPs) and closely monitors key performance indicators (KPIs) such as biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and chemical oxygen demand (COD) to ensure the quality of their effluent, that yielded a water intensity of 24.64 KL/MT owing to the use of 48.2% recycled water. The standard water intensity for the pulp and paper industry is estimated at 54 KL/MT. Third, operational measures such as the use of locally sourced pith and rice husk to create 75% renewable energy to power operations has minimized the risk of dependence on non-renewable energy sources, resulting in automatic waste management as well.
Satish Chamyvelumani, business head, CHUK said, "Our report aims to build a sustainable ecosystem for the economy and foster business collaborations across the industry to boost the development of green ecosystems. By aligning with the UN SDGs, we offset carbon emissions and create societal value through each step in our product creation. It helps us achieve traceability and prioritize clean and responsible practices to lead towards a sustainable future. We will continue researching and innovating regenerative packaging solutions while maintaining the highest environmental standards in our operations." Further adding on how this impacts customers, Chamyvelumani said, “Our carbon footprint is extremely low at 0.001 kg CO2e per piece. This is 1310% less than plastic, 8733% less than plastic lined paper-based packaging and 5406% less than Styrofoam packaging. CHUK's products minimize carbon footprint while offering the same user experience as alternative materials. Our locally sourced bagasse containers are versatile (microwaveable, freezable, ovenable, etc.), and their minimal carbon footprint helps consumers lower downstream emissions.”
Pakka (CHUK’s parent company) also inculcates a culture of CSR driving efforts through the establishment of a Miyawaki mini-forest of 5,000+ saplings of around 30 different species of trees and shrubs, in an area of around 2,600m2 near Pakka Skills, the education institute for vocational training, adoption of 5 ponds and lakes covering over 3.56 acres in the region around the Ayodhya plant, and their commitment to educating rural India through Pakka Foundation.
With their compostable tableware made from bagasse, CHUK is not only revolutionizing the food packaging industry but also empowering consumers and businesses to make eco-friendly choices. CHUK is paving the way and setting an example for businesses in the industry to develop sustainable and green practices to ensure India can achieve its net zero goals in due time.