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Firm targets sustainable food package, net zero emissions by 2050

By Gloria Nwafor
23 November 2021   |   2:47 am
Food processing and packaging solutions company, Tetra Pak, has said plans have been concluded to deliver sustainable food packages globally and to achieve net-zero emissions across

[FILES] Water in a pack.

Food processing and packaging solutions company, Tetra Pak, has said plans have been concluded to deliver sustainable food packages globally and to achieve net-zero emissions across the value chain by 2050.

President and Chief Executive Officer at Tetra Pak, Adolfo Orive, who disclosed this during its 22nd yearly sustainability report presentation, said the move was to advance the food packaging and processing space.

While outlining the progress made on its business operations in 2020, and shedding light on its future commitments and ambitions, he said the firm plans to achieve the most sustainable food packaging firm through fully recyclable and carbon neutral that would enhance food access and reduce environmental impact.

He said it was achievable as long as it keeps innovating and collaborating to strive for a sustainable future, by addressing the need for greater consumption of food while reducing the impact on natural resources.

Managing Director, Tetra Pak West Africa, Oshiokamele Aruna, also said: “Food access and food insecurity have significant environmental impacts especially in West Africa, and finding a common ground between food production and environmental conservation is crucial to survival. We will continue to employ more sustainable and innovative models as well as continued innovation to advance the food packaging and processing space.”

In a bid to leverage partnerships and expand its sustainability initiatives, he said that Tetra Pak West Africa had signed a recycling agreement with Onward Paper Mill to develop sustainable recycling solutions for post-consumer beverage cartons in Nigeria.

He added that the company was also working on developing its Lagos office, with furniture made out of 100 per cent recycled materials sourced locally, in collaboration with the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA).

“Looking ahead, Tetra Pak has set additional ambitious commitments, such as reaching 46 per cent GHG reduction across its value chain by 2030, in line with a 1.5C pathway, launching a fully renewable aseptic package by 2023 and achieving a 70 per cent recycling rate in Europe by 2025. The Company also has plans in the pipeline to collaborate with different stakeholders to increase awareness on Beverage Cartons collection and recycling,” he added.