In 2003 Scottish Leather Group launched its zero waste strategy. We have dramatically (by 90%) reduced the average carbon intensity (measured as CO2 equivalent) per hide of our leather by switching to 100% renewable electricity and converting our own process waste into energy.
We approach the final stages of that journey with our goal to reach zero for scope 1 and 2 carbon and zero process waste to landfill by 2025.
We are committed to the sustainable manufacturing of leather and reducing the footprint of our own operations.
We work closely with customers in achieving their ambitions towards a net zero future. This is captured in all our initiatives as well as in our innovation agenda.
Sustainability and innovation go hand-in-hand. Continuous innovation is how we will reach our goal of net zero carbon by 2025, and our customers demand the same innovation in our products and services.
The Group has committed to a formal innovation agenda, putting in place a system that encourages and nurtures new ideas – a platform to take our business forward.
Over the last seven years, some £14 million has been invested in a wide range of strategic innovations and improvements, culminating in the opening of the Super Tannery in September 2023, incorporating innovative hide processing technology that ensures consistency of quality while further enhancing environmental performance, reducing energy and water use by 82% and 42% respectively.
"The year ahead will see us focus on introducing more biobased or benign content into our leather-making process."
Our annual Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report summarises our activities, commitments and innovation agenda. All supporting and driving us towards a more sustainable future.