Tetra Pak commits to net zero emissions

The company is committed 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.

Tetra Pak has reaffirmed its strategy priority in driving the sustainability transformation by setting an ambition for net zero emissions across the value chain by 2050, supporting this with an intermediate 2030 target of net zero carbon emissions across its own operations. The company will also set emissions reduction targets in line with 1.5C according to the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative across scopes 1, 2 and 3.

Lars Holmquist, executive vice-president, packaging solutions and commercial operations, Tetra Pak, explained: “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.

“We recently joined the European Alliance for Green Recovery, the first pan-European call for mobilisation on post-crisis green investment solutions. Now, 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 company will 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. The four key areas are lowering energy-related emissions, partnering with suppliers and other stakeholders along the value chain to reduce carbon footprint, accelerating the development of its low carbon circular packaging and equipment portfolio, and developing sustainable recycling value chains.

“10 years ago, we set a climate goal to cap our 2020 impact across the value chain at 2010 levels, while growing the business. This helped us save 12 million tonnes of GHG emissions to date,” Holmquist concluded. “We believe that our ability to set and demonstrate progress in line with science and societal expectations, our innovation drive and the collaborative approach across the value chain put us all on the right path to achieve our new ambition.”