Tetra Pak named as one of Top 50 Sustainability and Climate leaders

July 14, 2021 | 15:18
A leading food processing and packaging solutions company, Tetra Pak has recently been recognised as one of the world’s 50 Sustainability and Climate Leaders.
Tetra Pak named as one of Top 50 Sustainability and Climate leaders
Tetra Pak has been acknowledged for its commitment to pioneer a sustainable future

The company has been acknowledged for its commitment to pioneer a sustainable future, with a documentary showcasing its fascinating journey.

The 50 Sustainability and Climate Leaders project is the response from the international business community which demonstrates the desire, leadership, and the will to take effective action in the fight against climate change.

To minimise climate impact while helping to ensure food security for the future, Tetra Pak takes a full life cycle view of its solutions.

The above-said video features interviews with members of Tetra Pak’s Global Leadership Team, highlighting how the role of the food sector in tackling climate change is becoming even more imperative.

They explain why accelerating de-carbonisation 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 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while 8 per cent of total emissions are caused by food waste.

Tetra Pak named as one of Top 50 Sustainability and Climate leaders
Tetra Pak named as one of Top 50 Sustainability and Climate leaders
Tetra Pak is committed to making food safe and available everywhere

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.

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 minimise 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.

Tetra Pak named as one of Top 50 Sustainability and Climate leaders
Adolfo Orive, president and CEO at Tetra Pak

“Our company was founded on the philosophy that a package should save more than it costs,” said Adolfo Orive, president and CEO at Tetra Pak. “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,” Orive noted.

By Anh Duc

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