Carbon Footprinting for Plastics Processors

Dates: To be verified.

Duration: Half Day

Location: Online

Accreditation: Certificate of Attendance

Full Fee: €150.00

Programme overview

Reducing the carbon footprint of a site can have significant benefits both in terms of public relations and in conforming to the range of government regulations that are appearing around the world.


Establishing a site carbon footprint is not difficult and this seminar will give details of how to do this. Simply gathering the information necessary for good energy management will result in gathering much of the information necessary to produce a carbon footprint. There is a need for some additional information but this is generally easily obtained and only needs to be formatted correctly to produce a site carbon footprint.


Calculating a site carbon footprint is optional in most parts of the world but an increasing number of countries are setting targets to be ‘net zero’ in terms of carbon emissions. This will inevitably mean that site carbon footprinting will be necessary. Many countries are also introducing legislation that requires environmental reporting of greenhouse gas emissions, i.e., reporting the carbon footprint.
In addition, many large customers, particularly retailers, are encouraging suppliers to calculate their carbon footprint. This will eventually be cascaded down the supply chain to the plastics processors who supply these retailers directly or indirectly. At the consumer level there is also an interest in carbon footprinting but at this level the focus is more on the product carbon footprint. This is a much more difficult proposition than a site carbon footprint.


This course will be delivered online from 09.30 – 12.30. 



Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, delegates will:

  • Understand the process of carbon footprinting
  • Know where to get the relevant emissions factors
  • Be able to construct a complete site carbon footprint which covers all the emissions over which a site has reasonable management control (a gate-to-gate footprint)
  • Have a knowledge of the basics of product carbon footprinting
  • Understand the requirements of full Scope 3 carbon footprint over the product lifecycle.

Who is this course for

This online programme is suitable for professionals at any level with an interest in, or those responsible for, improving Environmental, Social, and Corporate governance (ESG) within their manufacturing facility and company operations.

This training is open to Irish companies and employees only.

Course Content

  • Session 1: Introduction – The basics of carbon footprinting
  • Session 2: Scope 1 emissions – direct site emissions
  • Session 3: Scope 2 emissions – indirect emissions
  • Session 4: Scope 3 emissions – other indirect emissions
  • Session 5: Putting it all together and reporting: what a complete site (gate to gate) carbon footprint will look like
  • Session 6: Product carbon footprinting – what a product carbon footprint looks like and the complete Scope 3 emissions.

Trainer profile

Dr Robin Kent has been involved with plastics processing since 1971 in a variety of sectors ranging from extrusion to injection moulding. He has wide experience in product design, having worked as Technical Director for several of the major plastics processing and window systems companies in UK and Europe. Since 1995 he has specialised in energy management for industry and as an independent consultant, he has carried out energy surveys and assessments on over 500 companies throughout the world. Dr Kent has a B.Eng. (Hons.) in Materials Engineering from Monash University (Australia) and a Ph.D. in Polymer Physics from the University of Surrey (UK).

His publications include over 500 technical and management articles and papers on plastics and windows and 10 books on plastics processing. He regularly lectures on cost and energy management in plastics processing and materials technology throughout the world. He has chaired 5 committees setting standards for the UK plastics and window industry and is a regular judge for major plastics industry awards. Dr Kent is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Energy Manager. Dr Kent is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Horners and Freeman of the City of London. He is a past Chairman of the Plastics Consultancy Network – the foremost grouping of plastics consultants in the world. Dr Kent was awarded the Plastics Industry Awards 2010 ‘Personal Contribution’ award for his work as ‘a champion of energy efficiency and for helping numerous processors to make savings through better energy use’.

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