Tetra Pak achieves milestones in latest sustainability report
Tetra Pak has today, on World Environment Day, published its Sustainability Report FY22, demonstrating how sustainability remains core to the company’s strategy and continues to be prioritised in decision making.
Tetra Pak publishes its Sustainability Report FY22 (financial year 2022 (FY22) is the period from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022), highlighting the company’s progress across various aspects of sustainability. Now in its 24th edition, the report demonstrates how sustainability remains core to Tetra Pak’s strategy and continues to be prioritised in decision making.
During the year 2022, Tetra Pak achieved significant milestones, reducing operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 39% (Scopes 1, 2 and business travels), with 84% of the energy coming from renewable sources. The company said this place it on track to achieve net zero within its own operations by 2030. Additionally, the sale of 8.8 billion plant-based packages and 11.9 billion plant-based caps translated into 131 kilo tonnes of CO2 (compared to the amount of CO2 which would have been emitted if using fossil-based plastic). savings. Tetra Pak also invested nearly €30 million to accelerate collection and recycling of beverage cartons, while working with food technology incubators and start-ups to explore the future of sustainable food.
Adolfo Orive, president & CEO at Tetra Pak, said the current operating environment has emphasised the need for “integrated, systemic solutions”.
“This is the only way we can meet the scale and speed of change required to strengthen food access while reducing the environmental impact, in a way that leaves no one behind,” Orive added. “This is why we have taken a holistic approach across five interconnected and interdependent areas where we can contribute the most – food systems, circularity, climate, nature and social sustainability.”
Tetra Pak’s Sustainability Report FY22 highlights the company’s achievements in the past year, and the ongoing initiatives to protect food, people and the planet. These include:
- Testing an industry-first fibre-based barrier to replace the thin aluminium foil layer in aseptic carton packages – a breakthrough in the company’s journey towards a fully renewable aseptic package.
- Recognition for leadership in corporate transparency and performance on climate change and forests by global environmental non-profit CDP, securing a place on its prestigious ‘A List’ for the fourth year running.
- Designing a new processing method for soya drinks, as well as a new technology to transform Brewer’s Spent Grain into a plant-based beverage – for less waste and more nutrition.
- Enabling 66 million children in 44 countries to get access to nutritious beverages through school feeding programmes, helping to improve children’s health, increase school attendance and support agricultural development.
- Delivering milk to dairies in 22 Dairy Hub projects through approximately 44,000 farmers, in most cases smallholders, as part of the company’s long-term work to build local dairy value chains.
- Restoring 87 hectares of land – the equivalent of 136 football fields – through the Araucaria Conservation Programme in Brazil.
- Implementing UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and making progress on diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I).
Orive noted that with a solid environmental track record and a strong commitment to the future, Tetra Pak will continue to drive itself and others to work ever more closely and find sustainable solutions to the challenges society faces.
“After all, this is core to our purpose: ‘We commit to making food safe and available, everywhere. And we promise to protect what’s good: food, people, and the planet,’” he said.
The full FY22 report can be found here.