TETRA PAK SUSTAINABILITY

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Building a low carbon, circular economy in the food and beverage industry​

As a global food packaging and processing company, we have a key role in ensuring the food and beverage industry of the future is based on a low-carbon and circular economy.

In a rapidly changing world, the food and beverage industry is transforming to meet new challenges and demands, including how we create a more sustainable future. Sustainability has never been more important, and with technological innovation and international frameworks such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, we have the tools to create a more sustainable industry for ourselves and future generations. ​

Sustainability – the core of what we do

As a company committed to doing good – for consumers, customers, employees and society – sustainability has always been at the core of who we are and what we do. Over the decades, our business success has been built on innovation driven by sustainability. Our innovations such as aseptic solutions, e-beam technology and fully renewable packaging have not only benefited Tetra Pak, but made the wider food and beverage industry more sustainable.​

Responding to sustainability trends

Major packaging sustainability trends include a greater focus on the circular economy, and the reuse and prevention of waste, which have all challenged us to ​focus on recyclability and the use of recycled materials. We have strength­ened our packaging portfolio innovation strategy with the ambition that our packages should be made solely from renewable or recycled materials, fully recyclable and in line with a low-carbon circular economy without ever compromising on food safety requirements.

We have also signed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and initiated partnerships with companies like Veolia to expand collaboration and accelerate global beverage carton recycling. Ultimately, we want all beverage cartons to be collected for recycling, and for no carton to end up as litter or in landfill. 

A promise to Protect What’s Good involves constantly striving to be better. While the challenges of single use plastics are real, climate change will have an even more profound impact on the complex infrastructure of the food and beverage industry. The consequences of climate change – drought, floods, unreliable access to water and energy – threaten to disrupt our operations, customers and suppliers.​

Towards a low-carbon and circular economy

We believe that the economy of the future must be circular and low carbon with minimal climate impact throughout the entire food value chain. We are working to achieve this by delivering solutions with the lowest carbon footprint and highest efficiency – by minimising the environ­mental impact on our own operations and working with partners to address the end-of-life of our products. We have committed to reduce our direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 42 per cent by 2030 and by 58 per cent by 2040, from a 2015 baseline. By 2020, we have pledged to reduce our absolute GHG emissions by 16 per cent per unit of revenue, from a 2010 base-year. We are proud to be on track with our 2020 carbon emission reduction ambitions and ahead of our RE100 commitment to use 100 per cent renewable electricity, which is projected to be reached in 2025 – 5 years ahead of the commitment.

To be successful in creating a low carbon, circular economy in the food and beverage industry, we have to deliver processing and packaging solutions to our customers to help them reduce their energy and carbon footprints, and prevent food waste. We also need to draw on our global network of customers to take bold steps with us, and in partnerships across industries, governments and NGOs.​​

Planet Positive

In 2019, we launched an ambitious new initiative that imagines a world where business has a positive impact on our planet. Planet Positive is a new way of thinking that inspires us to take sustainability much further – to ensure that the sum total of our activities has a positive impact on the planet. This is a journey that will take time, but will ultimately enable us to provide solutions to some of the world’s sustainability challenges.

Planet Positive goes beyond our own business. The initiative aims to not only inspire our employees, but also our customers, societal influencers and policymakers. It also involves taking a holistic approach throughout the entire food and beverage value chain to encourage our partners to take a Planet Positive approach. We cannot build a low carbon, circular economy in the food and beverage industry alone, but Planet Positive provides us with the platform to succeed together with our stakeholders.

www.tetrapak.com/sustainability/planet-positive

Bonsucro Chain of Custody Certification

Tetra Pak, together with its supplier Braskem, has become the first company in the food and beverage industry to responsibly source plant-based polymers using the Bonsucro standards for sustainable sugar cane. From 1 March 2020, Tetra Pak is able to offer Bonsucro certified packaging material to all customers around the world.

Tetra Pak double ‘A’ from CDP

Tetra Pak has achieved CDP ‘A’ for both its leading efforts against climate change and protecting forests, which highlights the company’s commitment to transparency and the measurement of its sustainability work. Tetra Pak has been highly commended for its climate action and work to drive sustainable sourcing in its supply chain for the fourth year in a row, again achieving a place on the non-­profit CDP’s prestigious ‘A List’ based on the company’s reporting in 2019.

68 million children benefit from school feeding programmes

During 2019, Tetra Pak delivered over 9.4 billion packages to more than 68 million children in 56 countries through governmental school feeding programmes in partnership with customers.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

During 2019, Tetra Pak became a signatory of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, and continued to develop partnerships and collaborations in order to expand and accelerate global beverage carton recycling. Ultimately, Tetra Pak wants all beverage cartons to be collected for recycling, and for no beverage cartons to end up as litter or in landfill.

United Nations Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs)

Tetra Pak is committed to support all of the UN 17 SDG. Out of the 169 targets associated with the 17 SDGs, Tetra Pak has identified those we are best able to contribute towards. This led us to focus our commitment on 9 of the 17 goals.

Greenhouse gas emissions

Tetra Pak has committed to reduce its direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 42 per cent by 2030 and by 58 per cent by 2040, from a 2015 baseline. By 2020, Tetra Pak has pledged to reduce its absolute GHG emissions by 16 per cent per unit of revenue, from a 2010 base year. Additionally, Tetra Pak is already on track to achieve the RE100 commitment to use 100 per cent renewable electricity, which is projected to be reached in 2025 – five years ahead of the commitment.