Tetra Pak Reveals 20% Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Across Value Chain Since 2019

An action-oriented approach towards food systems transformation, establishing four key pathways with targets, as launched at COP28.

By Iconic MNL
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Tetra Pak recently launched its 25th Sustainability Report, which tracks the progress the company has made against its sustainability agenda. It focuses on five interdependent areas: food systems, circularity, climate, nature, and social sustainability.

Launched on United Nation’s World Environment Day, the company’s Sustainability Report FY23 shows a 20% reduction in value chain GHG emissions and a 47% reduction in GHG emissions across its operations since 2019. The latter puts Tetra Pak on track to meet its target of net zero GHG emissions in its operations by 2030 and supports the company’s long-term ambition to work together with suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders and achieve net-zero GHG emissions across the value chain by 2050.

Another significant milestone saw the launch of an aseptic beverage carton featuring a paper-based barrier, reducing its carbon footprint by a third (33%) and bringing the company a step closer to developing the world’s most sustainable food package. This world-first resulted from a €100 million investment in packaging research and development in 2023, with the same investment planned annually for the next five to ten years. 

Adolfo Orive, President & CEO at Tetra Pak, comments, “Collaboration across the food industry is ever more important to feed a growing population sustainably. Our global presence and end-to-end solutions give us daily opportunities to collaborate with stakeholders across the value chain, from farmers and food producers to suppliers, policymakers, consumers, and others. We understand the responsibility that comes with this role. We remain committed to playing our part to transform the world’s food systems to ensure they are more secure, resilient, and sustainable.”

Tetra Pak implements Cartons for Communities (CFC) in the Philippines, a comprehensive initiative to promote carton recycling and sustainability. The program includes education and awareness, collection and infrastructure, and advocacy and policy, enabling Tetra Pak to effectively collaborate with schools, communities, and local governments to promote recycling.

Through CFC, Tetra Pak Philippines has doubled its growth in recycling volume compared to the previous year. This surge is part of a consistent upward trend, with a 23% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) observed since 2020. “Our collaborative initiatives have expanded across the nation, working directly with 15 local government units (LGUs) throughout Region 4A (Calabarzon) and the city of Baguio. These partnerships are pivotal in driving our vision for a greener future as we continue to innovate and invest in sustainable practices,” Catherine Chua, Sustainability Manager for the Philippines at Tetra Pak said.

Tetra Pak Reveals 20% Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Across Value Chain Since 2019

Tetra Pak’s Sustainability Report FY23 highlights company achievements in the past year and its ongoing initiatives to protect food, people, and the planet. These include:

  • Expanding School Feeding Programmes: The company helped 64 million children in 49 countries access milk and other nutritious beverages through School Feeding Programmes.
  • Accelerating Recycling: The amount of carton packages collected and sent for recycling worldwide rose 7% compared to 2022. Additionally, there was a 14% increase in the volume of polyAl sent for recycling.
  • Again, getting recognition for Leadership in Corporate Transparency and Performance: Tetra Pak was included in the CDP Forests ‘A List for the eighth consecutive year. Additionally, the company received an ‘A-‘ rating in Water Security despite its first year of reporting in this area.
  • Actively implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

The total FY23 report can be found here.

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