Tetra Pak highlights new milestones in latest sustainability report

Friday, Sep 16, 2022 18:11

About 61 million children in 41 countries received milk or other nutritious beverages in Tetra Pak packages through school feeding programmes. — Photo courtesy of Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak released its annual sustainability report, highlighting the company’s achievements and progress in the last year and detailing the actions to help realise resilient and sustainable food systems on September 15.

“Sustainability is not just in the agenda. It is the agenda. We must ‘walk the talk’ by maximising our positive impact on nature and society, by continuing to embed sustainability as a key business driver and decision-making criteria,” said Adolfo Orive, President & CEO at Tetra Pak.

“Our ambition is to lead sustainability transformation within our industry and our initiatives in this regard have continued over the last 12 months, working together with our customers and partners to support their own efforts as well. The cost of inaction on sustainability today is a world we won’t recognise tomorrow. Our progress depends on being able to embrace a mindset which drives both growth and sustainability for a better future.”

Tetra Pak’s 23rd Sustainability Report highlights the company’s achievements and ongoing initiatives – to protect food, people and the planet. In the past year, it reduced operational GHG emissions by 36 per cent, with 80 per cent of energy coming from renewable sources, doubling the solar energy capacity to 5.55MW.

It also launched a pioneering land restoration initiative in Brazil, in collaboration with local NGO Apremavi in early 2022. The aim is to restore up to 7.000 hectares of land by 2030 for biodiversity recovery, carbon capture and climate change mitigation.

The company sold 17.6 billion plant-based packages and 10.8 billion plant-based caps in the past year, enabling the saving of 96 kilo tonnes of CO2, compared to fossil-based plastic. It also invested 40 million euros to support the collection and recycling of 50 billion cartons, contributing to a circular economy.

Tetra Pak became the first carton packaging player in the food and beverage industry to launch a cap using attributed recycled polymers, in partnership with Elvir, a subsidiary of world leading milk processor Savencia Fromage & Dairy. The company committed to halve food waste, water consumption and carbon footprint of its best practice processing lines by 2030. — VNS

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