Tetra Pak has added its name to the Paris Pledge for Action at COP21, reinforcing the company’s long-standing commitment to taking the initiative in helping to tackle climate change.
Tetra Pak CEO Dennis Jönsson said: “Seeing so many business organisations, like our own, sign this pledge is a tremendous step forward in helping to address this very real and increasingly critical issue. But, of course, signatures alone are not enough. What matters now is that each company takes the actions they have pledged to take, and aligns their entire organisations behind the need to do things differently.”
Tetra Pak has long focused on finding ways to reduce its own environmental footprint, as well as those of its customers. From the sourcing of base materials, to the energy efficiency of its processing and packaging lines, the company is continually seeking ways to improve its performance and drive a sustainable business.
In 2011, the company set a goal to cap carbon emissions. Data validated for 2014 showed CO2e emissions across all parts of the Tetra Pak value chain down 16% from the 2010 baseline, despite a 14% increase in production over the same time period.
“As cities, regions, businesses, investors, civil society groups, trade unions and other signatories, coming from every sector of society and every corner of the world, we realise that dangerous climate change threatens our ability and the ability of future generations to live and thrive in a peaceful and prosperous world,” Tetra Pak continued. “We also realise that taking strong action to reduce emissions can not only reduce the risks of climate change but also deliver better growth and sustainable development.
“As a result, we the undersigned, affirm our strong commitment to a safe and stable climate in which temperature rise is limited to under 2° Celsius.
“In support of this, we welcome the adoption of a new, universal climate agreement at COP21 in Paris, which is a critical step on the path to solving climate change. We pledge our support to ensuring that the level of ambition set by the agreement is met or exceeded.
“We will do this by taking concrete steps now, and without waiting for the entry into force of the agreement in 2020, both individually and cooperatively, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a safe level and build resilience against those changes already occurring.
“We will look back at this moment as our turning point, when the transition to a low-emission and climate resilient economy became inevitable, irreversible and irresistible. We must, we can and, together, we will solve climate change.”
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