Tetra Pak has announced that it made further progress towards its environmental goals last year, as it continues towards the development of more sustainable products.
The packaging provider has managed to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 8%, despite a 7% increase in production; increased the amount it recycles by 28,000 tonnes; and led innovation in the sustainable packaging solutions sector.
Last month, the company secured Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain of custody certification for the last seven of its 92 facilities and legal entities worldwide. And, in 2014, Tetra Pak’s global product manager for environmental innovations spoke to FoodBev about its new Tetra Rex bio-based carton, which is the world’s first fully renewable carton packaging.
The manufacturer is working towards a set of environmental objectives for the year 2020 that it established in 2010.
Tetra Pak vice president for the environment Mario Abreu said: “We set ourselves some aggressive environmental targets and, by and large, we remain nicely on track to achieve them. We… recognise the absolute imperative of keeping a sharp focus on this ever-more important dimension of our business; securing growth while acting and operating in ways that best protect the future of our planet, and delivering the products, services and support that help our customers to do the same.”
But there was more room for improvement, the company signalled. For instance, the total proportion of its annual deliveries represented by recycled materials was just 26%, compared to the 2020 objective of 40%.
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