UK – Packaging and paper solutions provider Mondi says the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has assessed and approved its science-based net-zero targets.

The targets covering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Mondi’s operations and supply chain (Scopes 1, 2 and 3) are consistent with a reduction required to keep global warming to 1.5 °C above preindustrial levels.

Mondi announced its commitment to net-zero GHG emissions in January and is among the first companies in the packaging and paper sector to have validated net-zero targets from the SBTi.

In the near term, Mondi has committed to reducing absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 46.2% and Scope 3 GHG emissions by 27.5% by 2030 from a 2019 base year.

The long-term target is to reduce absolute scope one, two and three emissions by 90% by 2050.

Mondi has already made strategic energy-related investments across its pulp and paper mills with more than US$690.76 million (€650m) invested since 2015.

The firm said it had already made significant progress, achieving a 46% reduction of its specific emissions to 2021 against its initial 2004 baseline.

“We generate most of our energy needs in energy plants on-site and our pulp and paper mills are largely electricity self-sufficient,” the company said on Monday

Andrew King CEO of Mondi said: “The approval of our science-based net-zero targets according to SBTi’s net-zero standard underlines our long-term commitment to taking action on climate.”

Meanwhile, the firm collaborated with FRESH!PACKING to create a new recyclable consumer cooler bag, called Fresh!Bag.

Fresh!Bag is made from renewable materials that provide protective cooling properties, “offering consumers a durable cooler bag to carry chilled or frozen food at home.”

The bag’s outer layer is made from Mondi’s durable kraft paper which encases its cooling element that is created using pulp.

The paper has a high stretchability which allows for easy sewing of the different plies, creating a stronger bag structure that has a high resistance to tearing and can carry large weights and sizes.

The bags can be reused multiple times and “provide retailers with good printability for branding and messaging.”

Alexander Baars, international sales manager of specialty kraft paper at Mondi, said: “Fresh!Bag provides a genuinely exciting opportunity for retailers; it responds to the consumer demand for more sustainable packaging while delivering convenience and durability for frozen and chilled goods.”

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