Tetra Pak has pledged to cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% by 2030 through a combination of energy efficiency, investment in renewable energy procurement and onsite generation capabilities.
The food packaging firm, which has three large scale packaging and processing facilities in the UK, says it has also become the first within its industry to receive approval from the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative.
To achieve its goals, Tetra Pak will aim to reduce energy use by 12% from 2015 levels while shifting towards purchasing renewable electricity and investing in renewable energy projects and renewable electricity certificate schemes. It will also install onsite renewable energy systems such as solar panels.
The company also set a goal that by 2040 emissions will be down 58% compared with 2015, while GHG emissions across the value train will fall by 16% per unit or revenue as early as 2020 from a 2010 base-year.
Mario Abreu, vice president of 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.”
The pledge follows Tetra Pak joining the RE100 in June last year and its pledge to increase its use of renewable electricity from 20% to 100% across all global operations by 2030.