ALPLA Wants to Reduce its Carbon Footprint by 10 per cent by 2022

Third sustainability report documents ALPLA’s commitment to sustainable development

The third sustainability report released by ALPLA, the global specialists in packaging solutions, provides detailed insights into the company’s development strategy.

The report describes the progress of sustainable development from 2016 to 2018, which has then been used as a basis for formulating ambitious objectives for 2019 to 2022.

ALPLA’s sustainability record for the past three years is very positive: energy consumption in relation to production volumes was reduced by 6.6 per cent and consumption of fresh water in relation to material usage by 40 per cent.

The company even far exceeded its target for using recycled materials: ‘Demand has risen sharply in the reporting period. ALPLA has more than 25 years of experience in recycling, both in the manufacture of recyclates and in their processing.

That’s why we’re able to offer our customers functioning solutions on both side,’ emphasises Christoph Hoffmann, Director Corporate Strategy, Sustainability & Circular Economy.

The company was also able to reduce its carbon footprint, albeit not as much as planned: ‘We experienced more growth than expected in countries with carbon‐intensive electricity production,’ Linda Mauksch, Sustainability Officer at ALPLA since 2012, offers as an explanation for why the carbon footprint objective could not be achieved.

Think global, act local

‘Global targets can only be achieved with efforts by all regions,’ Mauksch says from experience. ALPLA has 178 plants in 46 countries.

Of these plants, 72 are ‘in‐house’, meaning they are directly part of the customer’s operations. This approach reduces transport routes and carbon emissions.

Many plants have planned and implemented their own sustainability projects. The sustainability report outlines successful examples of such projects in India, Brazil and Portugal.

Innovations and ambitious objectives

As an innovation leader, ALPLA can also point to several flagship initiatives in the area of product development: from bottles made entirely of recyclate and the home‐compostable coffee capsule to the Simple One, a HDPE bottle that is up to 60 per cent lighter than standard bottles. From 2022, the company wants to bring at least three innovations to the market each year.

It also aims to reduce its carbon footprint absolutely by 10 per cent – even with its projected annual growth of three per cent.

Circular economy as a success factor

In 2018, another partnership in Wolfen (Germany) joined the three PET recycling plants in Mexico, Austria and Poland. The four sites deliver 70,000 tonnes of food‐grade PET recyclate per year.

With its New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, ALPLA has committed to manufacturing 100% recyclable products by 2025 and investing 50 million euros in the expansion of recycling activities.

The volume of processed post‐consumer recycled materials should rise to 25 per cent of total material usage by this time.

Recycling completes the circuit that starts with ‘design for recycling’. ‘This is the key to sustainable packaging solutions,’ the Executive Board asserts in the sustainability report.

First online report for ALPLA

The full version of the report is available online for the first time, with printed abridged versions in German, English and Spanish.

The report has been prepared in accordance with sustainability reporting standards and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). ALPLA’s stakeholders – the owner family, along with selected employees, customers and suppliers – chose the ten subject areas covered in the report.

These areas range from innovation leadership and safety in the workplace to the reduction of carbon emissions. ALPLA prepared the report with help from c7‐consult, a consultancy firm specialising in sustainability.

ALPLA SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2018

Neste’s Zero Island Project Cuts Emissions on Lidö by 78%

Sweden is aiming to become climate neutral by 2045. However, it has been estimated by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that we may have as little as twelve years to tackle climate change. To examine what it takes to reduce CO2 emissions as fast as possible, Neste and its partners set to turn the island of Lidö in the Swedish archipelago into a climate neutral Zero Island in just twelve months. As a result of the project, the island’s emissions were brought down by an impressive 78 percent from their previous levels.

“Sweden’s climate plans are ambitious, but the clock is ticking. In the fight against climate change, we need all possible means. This includes new partnerships and the will to work towards a shared vision of decreasing emissions and developing sustainability. The Zero Island project proves that if we work together as institutions, companies and individuals, we can change the world a lot quicker than we think.” says Carl Nyberg, Neste’s Executive Vice President in Renewable Road Transportation.

The making of Zero Island

Turning Lidö into a climate neutral Zero Island was a team effort. Neste tapped into the expertise of cleantech and sustainability specialists from Solved and Aktea and worked closely with Skärgårdsstiftelsen to make sure none of the natural values were compromised. The solutions chosen for the island included using Neste MY Renewable Diesel in vehicles as well as in Räfsnäs Sjöstranport ferry traffic to the island, and Fortum’s solar power solutions. Several solutions helped improve energy efficiency and reduce waste, and recycling was given extra thought. The island also switched to using fossil free green electricity.

Overall, a combination of the different solutions and a switch to green electricity brought the island’s annual carbon dioxide emissions down from 180 tonnes CO2e to 40 tonnes CO2e. The residual emissions are compensated through a Gold Standard verified emission reduction program.

“Zero Island inspires us to rethink the way we are used to travelling and tangibly demonstrates how emissions can be reduced in several areas,” says Ossian Matthiesen from Klimatanalytiker Tricorona, an environmental consultancy behind the project’s emission calculations.

Accommodation and food are aspects many of Zero Island’s visitors are interested in. Nolla – the Zero Cabin, an Airbnb favorite, will let visitors experience climate neutral living and the sustainable Zero Menu will give visitors a taste of local ingredients and star chef Jonas Svensson’s ingenuity, for just a quarter of the average carbon footprint of an equivalent meal.

“With Zero Island we want to make sure our children will be able to enjoy the archipelago as we have, but we also want to show people that making responsible choices doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your holiday experience, but that simplicity and purity can actually make the experience stronger.” Olle Tejle and Hugo Olofsson, the entrepreneurs running Lidö explain.

What will the future of Zero Island hold?

The project doesn’t end with the island becoming climate neutral, as a sustainable future also requires changes in our everyday lives and in our mindset. Zero Island will continue to educate people about climate neutral solutions and make it easier for people to make sustainable choices. The island will host Zero Vacations, where everything from accommodation to food is designed to produce as little emissions as possible, and the Zero Menu will be available to thousands of visitors every year. Next summer will also see the Island’s first climate neutral Zero Weddings.

A part of Journey to Zero initiative

By building a cleaner future for the island of Lidö, Neste wants to encourage everyone to make their own contribution for a better tomorrow. Journey to Zero is Neste’s the ultimate quest for a better future. Together with our partners, we want to explore and exercise solutions that drive the world towards a fossil free future. Follow our journey at: https://www.neste.com/journeytozero/

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Neste’s Zero Island project cuts emissions on Lidö by 78%