Tetra Pak recognized as a top 50 sustainability and climate leader

50 Sustainability and Climate leaders project to fight against climate change

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Tetra Pak & the Kabadiwala partner to increase collection of used beverage cartons
Tetra Pak & the Kabadiwala partner to increase collection of used beverage cartons

Tetra Pak has today been recognized as one of the world’s 50 Sustainability and Climate Leaders. The leading food processing and packaging solutions company has been acknowledged for its commitment to pioneer a sustainable future, with a documentary showcasing its fascinating journey.

The video features interviews with Tetra Pak’s Global Leadership Team members, highlighting how the role of the food sector in tackling climate change is becoming even more imperative. They explain why accelerating de-carbonization and collaborations is critical to lead the sustainability transformation of the food packaging industry – addressing complex and multi-faceted challenges such as global warming, circularity, and biodiversity. 

Food is a critical but often overlooked element of the climate issue. The global food system accounts for 26% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while 8% of total emissions are caused by food waste. In other words, if food waste were a country, it would be the world’s third-largest producer of emissions.

Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the weaknesses of the world’s food system, which will only be further amplified by the expected growth of the worldwide population to 9.1 billion by 2050. 

Tetra Pak’s positive approach towards sustainability

High-performance food packaging plays a critical role in feeding the world, but it must do so sustainably so that food availability does not come at the cost of the planet. This lies behind Tetra Pak’s purpose: To commit to making food safe and available everywhere, in a way that protects what’s good – protecting food, protecting people as well as protecting the planet. To minimize climate impact while helping to ensure food security for the future, the company takes a full life cycle view of its solutions. Always working collaboratively. This means: 

  • Maximizing the use of renewable materials and sourcing them responsibly in a way that protects biodiversity 
  • Minimizing the carbon impact of its operations as well as the one created by its value chain, for instance, by accelerating the switch to renewable energy and by stepping up investment to develop low carbon processing and packaging solutions 
  • Enabling greater access to safe food while reducing food waste: the aseptic filling technology that Tetra Pak introduced to the food industry in the early 50s allows for ambient distribution and storage without requiring energy-intensive refrigeration 
  • Driving an active agenda to develop sustainable recycling value chains 
Adolfo Orive, President & CEO at Tetra Pak
Adolfo Orive, President & CEO at Tetra Pak

Adolfo Orive, President & CEO at Tetra Pak, said: “Our company was founded on the philosophy that a package should save more than it costs. Sustainability has always been at the core of everything we do; as such, it is also a fundamental building block of our 2030 strategy, so we are proud to receive industry recognition for our work to date.”

“We have already taken great strides on our journey to pioneer a sustainable future. However, with the current climate crisis and the potential food security challenges, we believe that the food packaging industry needs a major step-change in its evolution.”

“Our ambition is to deliver the world’s most sustainable food package. This means creating cartons that are fully made from renewable or recycled materials, are fully recyclable and carbon neutral. We see this as the only way to protect what’s good – food, people, and the planet.”

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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