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Tetra Pak announces targets for climate impact reduction

26 February 2017

Tetra Pak has pledged that by 2030, the greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations will be at least 40% lower than in 2015. Working with the Science Based Targets initiative, the company has also set a goal that by 2040, emissions will be down 58% compared with a year ago. 

Tetra Pak is the first company in the food packaging industry to have its climate impact reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative. 

To achieve these targets, the company will focus on driving energy efficiency, aiming to reduce energy use by a further 12%; purchasing electricity from renewable sources, investing in renewable energy projects and renewable electricity certificate schemes; and installing onsite renewable energy systems such as solar panels.  

In addition, the company commits to reduce GHG emissions across the value chain by 16% per unit of revenue by 2020 from a 2010 base-year.  

Commenting on the announcement, 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.” 

Cynthia Cummis at the World Resources Institute (WRI) said: “The SBT initiative provides a science-based methodology for companies who are serious about incorporating sustainability into their business practice and want to do their part in avoiding the worst impacts from climate change. 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.”


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