Tetra Pak will focus on four major areas to achieve net-zero GHG emissions across its own operations by 2030

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Tetra Rex plant-based carton package. (Credit: Tetra Pak International S.A.)

Food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak has committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its own operations by 2030, as part of its sustainable efforts.

The latest initiative is part of the company’s move of achieving net-zero emissions across the value chain by 2050.

Tetra Pak is also planning to set emissions reduction targets in line with 1.5°C as per the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative across scopes one, two and three.

Tetra Pak has been gathering data on energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from across the organisation on an annual basis since 1999.

Tetra Pak intends to focus on four major areas to achieve net zero GHG emissions, including decreasing energy-related emissions via energy conservation, improvements in energy efficiency, installing on site solar photovoltaics (solar PV) and purchasing renewable energy.

It is also planning to collaborate with suppliers and major stakeholders along the value chain to mainly minimise carbon footprint.

Tetra Pak plans to develop low carbon circular packaging and equipment portfolio

Tetra Pak is also aiming to develop low carbon circular packaging and equipment portfolio, as well as support customers to achieve their emission reduction targets.

The sustainable move will help the company to achieve its target of making a fully recyclable package from renewable or recycled materials and deliver processing and packaging lines with a minimal carbon footprint.

In addition, Tetra Pak will develop sustainable recycling value chains through collaboration with customers, waste management companies, recyclers, municipalities, industry associations, and equipment suppliers.

Tetra Pak stated that all beverage cartons can be collected for recycling, while zero beverage cartons become litter or are sent to landfill.

Tetra Pak packaging solutions and commercial operations executive vice president Lars Holmquist said: “We have consistently delivered on our climate goals, right from the first goal set in 2002, again in 2005 and we are on track to meet our 2020 goal.

“In 2017, we were the first company in the food and beverage industry to have our climate impact reduction targets approved by the SBT initiative.”

In January this year, Tetra Pak selected Hexagon to advance its Smart Solutions Platform. Under the deal, Hexagon’s PPM division will optimise the Smart Solutions Platform.