Tetra Pak commits to net zero emissions

Tetra Pak has announced its commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its own operations by 2030, with the ambition to achieve net zero GHG emissions for the entire value chain by 2050.

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Sustainable Initiatives
June 11 2020
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The company will also set emissions reduction targets in line with 1.5°C according to the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative across scopes 1, 2 and 3, said Tetra Pak, adding that it was founded on the idea that a package should save more than it costs, with sustainability always at the core of their operations. Since 1999, the company has been collecting data on energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from across the organisation on an annual basis, with its GHG accounts audited by an independent third party since 2013, as per the statement.

Tetra Pak plans to focus on four key areas to reach net zero GHG emissions across its own operations by 2030, and to realise its 2050 ambition along the entire value chain: Lowering energy-related emissions through energy conservation, improvements in energy efficiency, installing on site solar photovoltaics (solar PV) and purchasing renewable energy. A member of the RE100 initiative, the company said it has gone from 20 percent use of renewable electricity in 2014 to 69 percent in 2019 and is on track to achieve its 2020 target of 80 percent.  

Partnering with suppliers and other stakeholders along the value chain to significantly reduce carbon footprint is also on the agenda, the company stated, adding that it intends to accelerate the development of its low carbon circular packaging and equipment portfolio and working to help customers achieve their emission reduction targets.

The development of sustainable recycling value chains, via collaboration with customers, waste management companies, recyclers, municipalities, industry associations and equipment suppliers, is also on the agenda, said Tetra Pak. 

“We have consistently delivered on our climate goals, right from the first goal set in 2002, again in 2005 and we are on track to meet our 2020 goal. In 2017, we were the first company in the food and beverage industry to have our climate impact reduction targets approved by the SBT initiative. More recently, we joined the European Alliance for Green Recovery, the first pan-European call for mobilisation on post-crisis green investment solutions. Today, we’re once again leading the way by setting ambitious net zero emissions targets that will drive transformation right across our sector and the entire value chain. The planet's greatest environmental challenge demands nothing less from us,” said Lars Holmquist, Executive Vice President Packaging Solutions and Commercial Operations at Tetra Pak.