“Safer Storage Systems (SSS) aspires to operate sustainably and impactfully – we consider the environment and the communities in which we operate as key stakeholders of our business.”
A lot of consideration has gone into our Silverline Pallet Racking range to ensure it is of the highest quality, all while being the most sustainable option on the Australian market. As part of our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, we have developed a premium racking option which helps cut down on CO2 emissions by more than 85% when compared to relative sources shipped from Europe or Asia.
What is the Environmental Impact of Pallet Racking?
Pallet racking brands imported from Europe or Asia come with a hefty CO2 price tag. That’s because the materials and manufacturing process for producing powder coated pallet racking, plus overseas freight, is energy intensive.
For example, a project imported from Europe with 10,000 pallet locations produces around 47 Tonnes of carbon emissions from the pallet racking manufacturing and international freight components. To put this in perspective, it would take 2392 trees to be planted (growing for one year) to offset the emissions from this one project. That’s one tree for every 4 pallet spaces installed!
When compared to our Silverline Racking, the emissions are reduced to just 5.4 tonnes of CO2 emitted for the equivalent project – requiring 268 trees (growing for one year) to absorb the CO2 to offset 10,000 pallet locations.
Silverline Racking – How is it different?
Our Silverline Pallet Racking range is fast becoming the preference for many large organisations across Australia who are committed to reducing their CO2 output. Opting for a greener product ensures the overall environmental impact of each project is reduced.
According to transportenvironment.org, overseas shipping could represent 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050
Making the switch to locally manufactured products helps to reduce the overall environmental impact of a project. Our Silverline beam section and uprights are manufactured locally in Melbourne, which eliminates the associated overseas freight emissions.
Silverline Racking has been developed with a sustainable lifecycle in mind.
Firstly, Silverline racking is made of high-quality, high-tensile steel making it hardwearing and ideal for re-use in future projects. Additionally, steel is a resource that can be recycled infinitely. So, at the end of its lifecycle, it can be made into a completely new product without weakening its properties.
Secondly, our Silverline range has a galvanised finish – meaning it is coated in zinc rather than powder coat like most other pallet racking brands available in Australia. The pre-galvanised zinc coating used on our pallet racking is lead-free and has a minimum content of 99% zinc, which is completely recyclable. This means that the zinc can be stripped from the racking and recycled at the end of its life. Powder coat on the other hand, is not recyclable and becomes waste.
We continue to investigate pallet racking manufacturing processes, and continually work to improve the efficiency of our production line – so that waste reduction is the priority. Reducing waste and CO2 consumption is an effective way to conserve natural resources and produce less greenhouse emissions.
Making the switch to galvanised beams was a significant step in designing a more sustainable pallet racking product. The zinc galvanising process is a highly efficient process which is completed in-line by the steel manufacturer and leads to minimising C02 output.
This is the first galvanised beam of its type and construction available on the Australian market, saving 80% of CO2 per pallet space when directly comparing the zinc coating process to the energy intensive powder coating process.
SSS Silverline Pallet Racking is made in Australia from high quality, high-tensile steel and can save 85%+ of CO2 emissions per project when compared to relative sources from Europe or Asia. *Comparisons relate to current and historical SSS data in global sourcing of selective racking configurations.
So, how many trees would it take to offset your next pallet racking project? The answer all depends on which racking supplier you choose.
Estimate your CO2 emissions for the pallet racking in your next project (or existing warehouse) using the calculator below. Simply enter the total number of pallet locations into the first field, and a comparison of emissions produced will appear below.
PALLET RACKING C02 EMISSIONS CALCULATOR
Enter the number of pallet locations for your next project or existing facility to calculate the CO2 emitted from the beam coating & shipping components, as well as how many trees would be required to offset the CO2 emissions.