Food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak has announced that it has reached the halfway mark in its goal of sourcing 100% of its energy from renewable sources, following two years of effort.
In 2016, the company pledged to source all of its energy across global operations from renewable sources by 2030. At the time of the commitment, 20% of the energy used by the company came from renewable sources.
The increase in renewable energy was achieved, in part, through solar-power installations at Tetra Pak facilities and through the purchase of international renewable energy certificates (I-RECs).
Setting New Precedents
The company has been the first to source gold-standard I-RECs in Thailand. Additionally, its facility in Thailand will soon be able to generate up to one megawatt of renewable energy from solar panels.
In China, Tetra Pak is also a major purchaser of I-REC certificates. It has also been the first company in South Africa to source EKOenergy solar power.
"Through the purchase of renewable energy certificates, we are investing in the development of infrastructure to increase the availability of renewable electricity. Meanwhile, we are also exploring opportunities to scale up our own on-site solar power installations,” said Tetra Pak's VP of sustainability, Mario Abreu.
Tetra Pak’s factories in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and South Africa operate on 100% renewable sources. Additionally, 17 of its sites now run exclusively on renewable energy.
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