Tetra Pak unveiled its new UHT 2.0 heating portfolio and Tetra Pak® E3/Speed Hyper packaging equipment on World Milk Day in support of this year’s theme of sustainability and Dairy’s commitment to innovation to reduce environmental footprint. The company said its new UHT 2.0 portfolio with OneStep technology and Tetra Pak E3/Speed Hyper reduce water and steam consumption, creating less wastewater and therefore also lowering the cost of its removal for dairy manufacturers.
Adding a Tetra Pak water filtering station to Tetra Pak E3/Speed Hyper helps recover 5500 litres of water per filling machine running hour (up to 95 percent), while contributing to lower water consumption. With water scarcity on the rise, wastewater is increasingly becoming a pressing industry concern. Up to a fifth of Tetra Pak’s customers are based in high or extremely high-risk water areas and the company said it is prioritising action to address this.
The technology scores highly across industry benchmarks for sustainability, with a 0.8 GHG Index score, a 0.3 Water Index score and a Product Losses Index score of 0.7. When compared to a conventional line solution this optimal integrated solution reduces GHG emissions by 20 percent, water usage by 70 percent and product losses by 30 percent, as per the statement.
“As part of Tetra Pak’s wider ambition to reach net zero emissions across the value chain by 2050, we want to be part of the solution to limit climate change for the global dairy sector. To achieve this, accelerating the development of our low carbon circular packaging and equipment portfolio and working to help customers realise their emission reduction targets is a priority. A significant share of emissions comes from the operation of equipment at customers' sites. Addressing this through innovation and collaboration is vital,” said Alejandro Cabal, Vice President Packaging Solutions, Tetra Pak.
“We continuously innovate in both food processing and packaging to offer solutions which enable reduction in water consumption, carbon footprint and product losses. In addition to this, we offer environmental benchmarking and improvement services, helping customers achieve their own sustainability targets. Through this holistic approach to sustainability, we aim to help our customers benefit both from low-carbon equipment and packaging, a reduction in operational costs as well as an enhanced brand image – that is increasingly proving attractive to sustainability-savvy consumers,” said Frederik Wellendorph, Vice President Liquid Food, Tetra Pak.
Tetra Pak E3/Speed Hyper is said to be the world’s fastest aseptic carton filling machine, producing up to 40,000 portion packs per hour, using eBeam sterilisation technology to complete the task more efficiently and more rapidly than has previously been possible. eBeam is a technology that Tetra Pak has developed in collaboration with its partner COMET. The eBeam technology sterilises packaging material using electron beams and replaces the traditional hydrogen peroxide sterilisation process for packaging material.
The announcement follows the company’s 2020 pledge to not only reach net zero emissions in its own operations by 2030, but to also realise a net zero emissions ambition across the value chain by 2050. Tetra Pak has planned a step-change in investment levels in sustainable innovation, committing at least €100 million annually over the next 5-10 years.