Tetra Pak awards BillerudKorsnäs for being ahead in fighting climate change

BillerudKorsnäs plan for fossil-free production for 2025

Fight climate change with BillerudKorsnäs. photo BillerudKorsnäs

BillerudKorsnäs has been awarded the Climate Prize as part of the supplier engagement initiative “Join us in protecting the planet”, driven by Tetra Pak. The company, which is one of BillerudKorsnäs’ most important customers, launched this initiative last year to create a movement aimed to accelerate sustainability actions across its value chain.

“We commit to making safe food available, everywhere. And we promise to do that in a way that protects what’s good – protecting food, people and the planet. In order to shape the future with secure and sustainable food systems we are decarbonizing the materials we use as well as the production processes, and the key ingredient for success here is collaboration. Our supply partner BillerudKorsnäs has achieved the lowest greenhouse gas emissions for the products provided to us and has submitted the most ambitious climate action plan, that is approved by the Science Based Targets initiative in line with a 1.5°C pathway. By doing this, they are one step ahead and this award recognizes that they are leading by example in fighting climate change,” says Lars Holmquist, executive vice president for Sustainability and Communications at Tetra Pak.

Thanks to a long-standing ambition to phase out all fossil fuels in production processes, BillerudKorsnäs has a production that is more than 97 per cent fossil-free. In 2025, we plan for our first mill having the possibility to have a fossil-free production process. In 2030, all integrated mills should reach the same fossil-free status.

“It is with great pleasure to receive this sustainability award. Tetra Pak is a very important customer for us at BillerudKorsnäs and it is very satisfying that they appreciate our solid sustainability work,” says Håkan Pettersson, vice president of Business Area Liquid Packaging Board at BillerudKorsnäs.

“Through the road map we have a clear plan on how BillerudKorsnäs will contribute to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, and at the same deliver climate-smart packaging material for our customers,” says Louise Wohrne, director of Sustainability and Public Affairs at BillerudKorsnäs.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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