Tetra Pak Unveils Approach to Nature

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Tetra Pak recently announced its "Approach to Nature" framework ahead of the UN's International Day of Biodiversity.

This comprehensive plan outlines how the company will contribute to halting and reversing nature loss while improving water security. It aligns with global targets, including those in the Biodiversity Plan, which aims to protect biodiversity and put nature on a healthy path.

A report by the IPBES warns that human activity is causing unprecedented damage to nature. Global food systems are identified as a major culprit, with widespread impacts on economies, livelihoods, and food security.

Tetra Pak's new "Approach to Nature" recognises this complex situation. It is built on a thorough analysis of their environmental impact and aims to manage the effects of their entire business chain on nature. They also plan to support the restoration of ecosystems.

Also, the framework focuses on improving water security by minimising negative impacts on local water resources and addressing water challenges in vulnerable areas.

This ambitious plan has Tetra Pak's entire business ecosystem, including suppliers, customers, and all the regions they operate in. It establishes a strong foundation for Tetra Pak to take even greater action for the environment.

Here are some of the 25 key goals Tetra Pak has set:

  • By 2025, source 100% of their raw materials with the biggest impact on land from certified or controlled sources.

  • By 2025, require all their suppliers with the highest water usage to report on water use and quality.

  • Achieve zero waste-to-landfill status at all Tetra Pak production sites by 2030.

  • Reduce water use in their most efficient processing lines by 50% by 2030 compared to 2019.

Gilles Tisserand, Vice President Climate & Biodiversity, Tetra Pak, comments: “With over half of the world’s GDP heavily reliant on nature,9 the stakes could not be higher. Our ‘Approach to Nature’ not only reflects our commitment to environmental stewardship but also builds on our longstanding action in this domain, cemented by our inclusion in the 2023 CDP Forests A List for the eighth consecutive year and the achievement of an A- in Water Security for our first year of reporting. As other companies join us on this journey, together we can help protect and restore nature for the generations to come.”

In 2022, Tetra Pak also signed the Business for Nature coalition's COP15 business statement. This statement urges governments to adopt a specific target from the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.

This target requires large businesses and financial institutions to assess and disclose their impact on biodiversity, provide consumers with information to promote sustainable practices and report on their compliance.

Eva Zabey, CEO, Business for Nature, comments: “Tetra Pak's 'Approach to Nature' marks an important milestone, emphasising how the corporate world must step up to support the ambitious targets of the Biodiversity Plan (formerly known as the Global Biodiversity Framework). We encourage all companies to set a nature strategy - a clear plan for how they will contribute towards a nature-positive future by 2030. However, businesses can't achieve this alone; governments must create the right incentives to speed up corporate action to address nature loss."

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