SWITZERLAND – Tetra Pak has published its 2021 sustainability report outlining its achievements and progress detailing the actions to help realize resilient and sustainable food systems.

The company notes that it has reduced operational GHG emissions by 36%, with 80% of energy coming from renewable sources, doubling the solar energy capacity to 5.55MW.

In 2021, Tetra Pak reduced its combined Scopes 1 and 2GHC emissions by 27%, driven by the work done to increase the use of renewable energy in its operations.

2021 saw the company deliver a 36% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions linked to its operations.

Adolfo Orive, President & CEO at Tetra Pak, said: “Sustainability is not just in the agenda. It is THE agenda. We must ‘walk the talk’ by maximizing our positive impact on nature and society, by continuing to embed sustainability as a key business driver and decision-making criteria.

“Our ambition is to lead sustainability transformation within our industry and our initiatives in this regard have continued over the last 12 months, working together with our customers and partners to support their own efforts as well.

The firm also launched a pioneering land restoration initiative in Brazil, in collaboration with local NGO Apremavi in early 2022.

The aim is to restore up to 7,000 hectares of land by 2030 for biodiversity recovery, carbon capture and climate change mitigation.

In addition, Tetra Pak sold 17.6 billion plant-based packages and 10.8 billion plant-based caps in the past year, enabling the saving of 96 kilo tonnes of CO2, compared to fossil-based plastic.

To promote a circular economy, the firm invested €40 million to support the collection and recycling of 50 billion cartons.

The company has worked with institutions to promote sustainability. 2021 saw the firm work with 41 countries to provide milk and other nutritious beverages to 61 million children through school feeding program.

Besides, the company successfully completed commercial validation of polymer-based barriers to replace the aluminium layer in aseptic cartons.

Moving forward Tetra Pak is committed to halving food waste, water consumption and carbon footprint of its best practice processing lines by 2030.

“I recognize the long journey ahead and the step change needed by the industry. Collective action, innovation, new operating models and unconventional partnerships will be necessary to accelerate the current pace of change towards a more sustainable tomorrow,” Adolfo concluded.

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