McLaren Packaging signs up to United Nations Race to Zero campaign

Port Glasgow-based McLaren Packaging, a specialist supplier to the Scotch whisky industry, has signed up to the United Nations Race to Zero campaign.

Donald McLaren

Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities and regions for a low carbon recovery that helps prevent future threats, creates jobs, and unlocks sustainable growth.

Donald McLaren, managing director, said McLaren Packaging has been making sustainable changes such as installation of 375kW of solar panels to produce renewable energy, establishment of a renewable food waste-to-energy business, CorrBoard Bioenergy, that produces green electricity to power the manufacture of our key raw material corrugated board, and investment in recycling equipment.

“However, the reality of the climate emergency is that we need to do more,” he said. “Sustainability is not an initiative that will be here one day and gone the next it is fundamental to the way that we approach business now and in the future. Over the past two years we have invested significant time and effort into understanding our environmental impact and how we can reduce it.

“Our aim is to deliver a sustainable business that has minimal impact on the planet and a positive impact on the communities we operate in. We refer to this as being “Sustainable. For Life.” We’ve developed a clear strategy supported by significant investment and dedicated resources to enable the achievement of our goals in the identified focus areas. Signing up to the United Nations Race to Zero campaign is an important part of this journey.”

Founded in 1979, McLaren Packaging supplies a range of paper-based packaging to the Scotch whisky industry. At the forefront of drinks packaging throughout its 42-year history, it operates from six factories in Central Scotland with annual revenues of £35m and group employees totaling 260.