Climate change is generally agreed as the issue requiring the highest attention from legislators, consumers and companies. It is set to have a profound impact on the complex infrastructure of the food and beverage industry, risking to disrupt the entire value chain.
This is why we are committed to a circular economy that also has a low-carbon focus: one that takes into account not just recycling, but also the carbon impact of manufacturing and, particularly, raw materials. We are taking action on mitigating climate change by decarbonizing1 our operations, products, and our value chain.
For decades, we have led the food processing and packaging solutions industry in developing innovative products and solutions that are energy efficient. In 2010, we set out to decouple economic growth from GHG emissions and to cap, by 2020, emissions at 2010 levels despite growth. We outperformed this 2020 climate goal decreasing emissions across Scopes 1, 2 and 32 by 19%. At the same time, over the ten year period, we reduced direct and indirect emissions from our operations (Scopes 1 and 2) by 70%.
After achieving our targets in 2020, we raised our ambitions and strengthened our public commitments. We have committed to achieving net-zero GHG emissions in our operations by 2030 and have set a net-zero GHG emissions ambition across the value chain by 2050. Our revised SBTi-approved target across all Scopes 1, 2 and 3 involves reaching 46% GHG reduction across our value chain by 2030, compared to 2019, in line with a 1.5°C pathway3. We have since enhanced our industry collaboration and continue to be recognized by the industry for our climate leadership, as demonstrated by our ability to maintain our position on the CDP leadership band for the sixth year in a row.
In 2021, we have reduced our combined Scopes 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 27%, driven by the work done to increase the use of renewable energy in our facilities. Our operational footprint (Scopes 1, 2 and business travel) was reduced by 36% compared to our 2019 baseline.
Using plant-based renewable raw materials, is a significant part of our climate strategy. This is why back in 2015 we launched Tetra Rex® Plant-based, the world's first, and still only, fully renewable beverage carton. It is FSC™-certified and is entirely made of paperboard from responsibly managed forests and other controlled sources, and Bonsuco certified plant-based plastic.
Switching from fossil plastics to plant-based plastics in making this package reduces its carbon emissions by as much as 35%, according to a calculation model certified by the Carbon Trust™. Nevertheless, there remains some residual carbon from the lifecycle impact of the Tetra Rex Plant-based package.
To avoid an equivalent amount of carbon emissions and achieve carbon neutrality, Tetra Pak is running a program since 2020 in partnership with the Carbon Trust™, providing packages with a CO₂ Neutral label according to the strict international PAS 2060 standard:
We have selected three projects that fulfil the Gold Standard criteria:
To enable our customers to communicate the carbon neutral packages to their consumers and other stakeholders, we have worked with the Carbon Trust to certify that our calculations are correct and to ensure quality based on an independent assessment. Therefore, the packages that are carbon neutral according to these criteria carry the Carbon Neutral label by the Carbon Trust.
As of May 2020, the first carbon neutral certified packages were launched in markets across Europe and Central Asia, starting with Spain and the Netherlands.
The FSC license code for Tetra Pak is FSC™ C014047
1: Our decarbonisation efforts focus on avoiding and mitigating GHG emissions correlated to our products and company, and carbon compensation to balance unavoidable residual emissions through nature-based solutions and other initiatives.
2: Scope 1 covers direct emissions from owned or controlled sources. Scope 2 covers indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, steam, heating, and cooling consumed by the reporting company. Scope 3 includes all other indirect emissions that occur in a company’s value chain.
3: Reductions only, no offsets included in the calculation
The Carbon Trust has certified the carbon footprint of Tetra Pak’s Tetra Rex® Plant-based packages and Aseptic packages using plant-based polymers in coating and opening and certified these packages as carbon neutral in compliance with the internationally recognised PAS2060 standard. Our qualifying explanatory statement (QES) includes the statement of our commitment and our certificate of achievement. The QES for Tetra Rex® is available here, the QES for Aseptic packaging here