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.
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.
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.
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.