CHEP, Livonia, Mich., introduced 40x24-inch pooled (shared and re-used), carbon-neutral half pallets, making them what is said to be the first and only CarbonNeutral-certified pooled platform in North America.

CarbonNeutral certification, from Natural Capital Partners, New York, is based on the CarbonNeutral Protocol, a sustainability program used to certify and communicate carbon neutral status.

As a circular and reusable solution, the half pallet delivers a true circular supply chain solution.

How it works is, CHEP calculates the carbon footprint of the platform, and then purchases carbon offset credits from Natural Capital Partners. The credits benefit the Mississippi Alluvial Valley Reforestation Project, an effort supporting North American eco-systems. The project will reduce an estimated 200 metric tons of CO2 equivalent per acer, create revenue and jobs and improve water quality and biodiversity. To date, CHEP has offset 2.1 million pounds of carbon emissions, equivalent to planting a variety of approximately 3,000 hardwood trees.

CHEP, a Brambles company