Sterling Rope Company Becomes Carbon Neutral Certified Reinforcing their Commitment to Protecting the Environment
Sterling joins over 300 other brands to chart a zero-carbon future
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Biddeford, Maine (November 18th, 2021) – Sterling Rope Company of Biddeford, Maine has taken the next step to becoming better stewards of the Earth by going through the complete Climate Neutral audit and becoming Climate Neutral Certified.
Climate Neutral is a non-profit organization and the leading consumer label designating carbon neutrality. The certification label is carried by brands that have voluntarily stepped up to take responsibility for the greenhouse gas emissions generated in the production, operations, and shipping of their goods and services.
As Sterling serves a consumer which has a strong connection to the outdoors, becoming Carbon Neutral Certified was an important step towards doing their part to protect the earth.
“We took a hard look at where we produce emissions. As a life-safety rope manufacturer, it’s no secret we use and produce plastic products. By becoming Climate Neutral Certified, our consumers and employees can quickly see the steps we are taking to minimize our environmental footprint and to reduce the greenhouse gasses we produce through the manufacturing and distribution of our products,” remarked Tripp Wyckoff, CEO of Vertical Supply Group.
Climate Neutral’s certification is based on internationally recognized standards for carbon measurement, offsetting and future reduction. Each brand must measure Scope 1, 2, and 3 cradle-to-customer greenhouse gas emissions for the prior calendar year. Then a brand must buy verified carbon credits to offset its entire footprint. This directs investment into critical carbon sequestration projects such as forest conservation, renewable energy, and carbon capture technologies. Finally, brands commit to a reduction action plan to cut future emissions within a 12-24 month timeline, reporting progress on those plans annually. All of the brand’s data is publicly available on Climate Neutral’s website. The process is repeated annually when companies must re-certify.
“Sterling and our other Climate Neutral Certified brands are leading the global shift to a net-zero economy by doing what all companies should be doing immediately: measuring, offsetting, and reducing their carbon emissions,” says Climate Neutral CEO, Austin Whitman. “Our label helps consumers identify these brands. It’s a recognizable and trusted symbol that turns everyday purchases into meaningfully positive climate action.”
Earlier this summer, Sterling announced their partnership with Arbor Day Foundation to help the reforestation in the Econfina Creek Watershed and joins their carbon offset project in the Mississippi Alleuvial Valley.
For a complete list of Sterling’s many sustainability initiatives, please visit – https://sterlingrope.com/sustainability.
Sterling Rope Company, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of life-safety rope, cord, and hardware. Made in the USA, Sterling has worked hard to develop the best product for use in climbing, rope rescue, arbor, fire, industrial safety, work access and OEM markets. Sterling strives to be the front runner in innovation and work closely with companies, both large and small, to develop superior products for their needs. Sterling Rope Company is owned by Vertical Supply Group. For more information, visit sterlingrope.com and verticalsupplygroup.com.
About Climate Neutral
Climate Neutral is a nonprofit organization working with brands and consumers to decrease global greenhouse gas emissions. The label, Climate Neutral Certified, is the universal standard in carbon neutrality. It is earned by brands who measure, offset, and reduce their entire carbon footprint, making it easy for consumers to shop with concern for the global climate. To learn more, visit www.climateneutral.org.