Paper-based packaging company Smurfit Kappa has increased its target to reduce CO2 emissions per metric ton of paper produced by 25 percent by 2020, compared to a 2005 baseline, having achieved its original 2020 target of a 20 percent reduction in 2013.
By achieving a 21 percent reduction in its fossil CO2 emissions per unit of production, Smurfit Kappa has realized an absolute reduction of fossil CO2 emissions of 929,000 metric tons since 2005 through a combination of investments in energy reduction, energy efficiency initiatives and overall optimization of its mill system, the company says. This follows a decrease of 6.5 percent in carbon emissions per metric ton of paper produced in 2013.
Following significant advances in the use of sustainable fibers, 91 percent of all Smurfit Kappa converting operations are now Chain of Custody certified, exceeding its original commitment to reach at least a 90 percent certification level by 2015. In addition, close to 90 percent of all packaging produced in Europe can now be declared Chain of Custody certified under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) or the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI). All of Smurfit Kappa’s relevant operations in the Americas are forecast to achieve Chain of Custody certified status by the end of 2014, following the certification of its Venezuelan operations.
These 2013 achievements form a key part of Smurfit Kappa’s Vision on Sustainability, which is a commitment to deliver sustainable products to help customers succeed in their respective markets, reduce their environmental impact and achieve commercial success.
This sustainability commitment is embedded within Smurfit Kappa’s global brand initiative, Open the future, which launched last week.