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The food packaging giant commits to cut emissions by 40% by 2030
Tetra Pak has become the first food packaging company to have its climate targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. The packaging giant, which produces 184 billion cartons a year, pledges to cut the greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by at least 40% by 2030.
To achieve these targets, Tetra Pak aims to reduce energy use by a further 12%; invest in onsite and offsite renewables, and reduce GHG emissions across the value chain by 16% per unit of revenue by 2020 from a 2010 base-year.
In December the company, which is headquartered in Switzerland, announced it would replace fossil-fuel derived plastic with 50% bioplastic in a new range of aseptic packaging, and revealed it was doing R&D on a green replacement for resource-intensive aluminium in its quest to make aseptic packaging fully renewable. (See Tetra Pak makes pioneering foray into bioplastics)
Mario Abreu, vice president environment at Tetra Pak, said: “The collaboration with the SBT initiative has helped us accurately define our greenhouse gas emission targets and set a direction for the company in a scientific way. The new targets ensure we are able to openly and accurately demonstrate the contribution we are making to a low carbon economy among customers and other stakeholders.”
SBT is a partnership between CDP, World Resources Institute, WWF and UN Global Compact that mobilises companies to set emissions reduction targets in line with climate science. Since its launch in 2015, 208 companies have committed to set science-based targets and 33 companies across different industries have had their targets approved by the initiative. In December Kering became the first luxury goods company to have its targets approved.
Cynthia Cummis, director of private sector climate mitigation at the World Resources Institute, said “Tetra Pak is the first packaging company to complete our target review process and we are very pleased to see them join a growing number of companies that understand the benefits of transitioning towards a low-carbon economy.”