Our climate goal is to cap our 2020 impact across our value chain at 2010 levels, regardless of business growth. We have also signed the UN Paris Pledge for Action. Although this requires action at every level of our business and supply chain, the two major drivers of progress towards our goal are improving our energy efficiency and increasing the use of renewable electricity.
In 2017, we became the first company in the food packaging industry to have our climate impact reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative.
SBTs typically cover operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – the direct emissions a company makes because of, for example, the combustion of fuels. In line with this, we committed to reducing Tetra Pak’s operational GHG emissions by 42% by 2030 and 58% by 2040, from a 2015 baseline. This is part of our climate goal, but it’s not the whole story.
We also wanted an SBT that would reflect our overall climate goal, and would therefore address emissions across our entire value chain, not just our operations. Because the SBT initiative requires that these kinds of targets (ie. for indirect rather than direct emissions) are phrased in a certain way, we translated our climate goal into the following target: a 16% reduction of GHG emissions across the value chain per unit of revenue by 2020 from a 2010 base-year.
In 2017, our value chain emissions were 13 percent lower than in 2010, despite a 19 percent increase in packages sold. Based on these results we are progressing well towards our 2020 climate goal and are in track to meet our Science Based Targets.
Recognition by CDP: Recognition by CDP: In 2019, Tetra Pak achieved the Leadership band, third year in a row, for both the climate disclosure (A- score) and for the supplier engagement rating (A score). Over 5000 disclosures were assessed against CDP’s supplier engagement rating methodology, and only 130 companies received the A score.
This achievement confirms our commitment to mitigate climate change in our operations and recognizes our work to reduce emissions and lower environmental risks in our supply chain.
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