We have set a new climate goal in 2011. We will cap the greenhouse gas emissions right along the value chain at 2010 levels by 2020 despite business growth. Covering the entire value chain means working with both suppliers and customers as well as increasing the recycling rate of used cartons to minimize the greenhouse gas emissions. If we grow 5% every year it means we must deliver a 40% relative reduction to reach the target.
One of the challenges in achieving our goal of reducing climate impact throughout the value chain is that there are no state-of-the art measuring methods to be able to have a baseline to compare with. This is why through 2012, Tetra Pak® worked with the World Resource Insitute, with WWF and with its suppliers and customers to establish a baseline and metrics to be able to measure the total value chain climate goal. Initial figures indicate carbon emissions in our own operations were reduced by 2 kilo tonnes CO2 equivalents in 2012 (compared with 2010 baseline) despite a 9.5% increase in production volumes over the same period).
The 2010 climate goal for our operations was achieved through improved energy efficiency and increased use of green power, e.g. electricity generated from renewable energy sources that must meet the WWF high criteria for renewable energy. It covered all Tetra Pak sites; it includes the direct emissions from the sites as well as the indirect emissions from the power suppliers that provide electricity to Tetra Pak’s sites.
To drive continuous improvements we systematically audit and invest in improved energy efficiency throughout our operations.