Today Elopak, leaders in liquid food cartons and packaging materials, has joined RE100 announcing it is to procure renewable electricity for its operations by 2016 – a target that will allow the company to reduce its carbon emissions by 40%.
Elopak is not only the first packaging company, but also the first Norwegian company to join the campaign and set a public target to be 100% powered by renewable electricity.
The move is a major step in the business’ journey to becoming carbon neutral in all of its operations, as outlined in its Future Proofed Packaging strategy.
“Elopak has been investing in energy efficiency at our plants for several decades and we are reaching a stage where a lot of the potential has already been tapped. Electricity consumption is the largest source of Elopak’s greenhouse gas emissions and by purchasing renewable power we are tackling the largest source of our emissions,” says Kristian Hall, Director of Corporate Environment at Elopak.
Mark Kenber, CEO of The Climate Group, said “Elopak knows renewables are good for business – switching its electricity supply sends a clear message to customers that Elopak wants to manufacture more responsibly.
“It’s fantastic to see Elopak take the lead on this issue and urge other businesses to step up to the plate. With crucial global climate talks next month, companies are making their support for renewables loud and clear.”
Elopak are the 41st company to join the campaign. RE100 corporate partners include: Alstria, Autodesk, Aviva, BROAD Group, BT Group, Commerzbank, DSM, Elion Resources Group, Elopak, Formula E, Givaudan, Goldman Sachs, H&M, IKEA Group, Infosys, J. Safra Sarasin, Johnson & Johnson, Kingspan, KPN, La Poste, Land Securities, Marks & Spencer, Mars Incorporated, Nestlé, Nike, Inc., Philips, Procter & Gamble, Proximus, RELX Group, Salesforce, SAP, SGS, Starbucks, Steelcase, Swiss RE, UBS, Unilever, Vaisala, Voya Financial, Walmart and YOOX Group.