Swedish packaging and processing company Tetra Pak has set itself the goal of reaching net zero emissions within its own operations by 2030, with the aim to achieve net zero emissions across the entire value chain by 2050. Lars Holmquist, executive vice president packaging solutions and commercial operations at Tetra Pak, said: “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. More recently, we joined the European Alliance for Green Recovery, the ﬁrst pan-European call for mobilisation on post-crisis green investment solutions.” He continued: “Today, 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 planet’s greatest environmental challenge demands nothing less from us”. In order to reach its net zero greenhouse gas emissions goals by 2030 and 2050, Tetra Pak will focus on four key areas, including: Lowering energy-related emissions; partnering with suppliers and other stakeholders along the value chain to significantly reduce carbon footprint; accelerating the development of its low carbon circular packaging and equipment portfolio; and developing sustainable recycling value chains. Since 2011, the company has invested over €16 million in energy efficiency, preventing energy use from increasing by 23% over this period. “Ten 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 continued. “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,” he concluded.
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