The company also set a goal of cutting emissions by 58 per cent by 2040.
In doing so, Tetra Pak has become the first company in the food packaging industry to have its climate impact reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. The SBT initiative is a partnership between the Carbon Disclosure Project, UN Global Compact, the World Resource Institute and WWF which helps companies determine how much they must cut emissions to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.
To achieve the targets, Tetra Pak will focus on three areas:
– Driving energy efficiency, aiming to reduce energy use by a further 12 per cent.
– Purchasing electricity from renewable sources, investing in renewable energy projects and renewable electricity certificate schemes.
– Installing onsite renewable energy systems such as solar panels.
– Reducing GHG emissions across the value chain by 16 per cent per unit of revenue by 2020 from a 2010 base-year.
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.”