Sealed Air targets net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 after 44% cuts in 2020
01 Mar 2021 --- US-based Sealed Air is announcing its intention to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.
This new goal resulted from the company surpassing its 2020 target to achieve a 25 percent reduction in all greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), including a 44 percent GHG drop last year.
Sealed Air says it is committed to ambitious actions that will meet the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) goal, limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
“Sealed Air is leading our industry in the race to zero emissions. This is not only the right thing to do, but it is also our purpose – to make the world better than we found it,” says Ted Doheny, president and CEO of Sealed Air.
“Our people are working hard to create sustainable solutions and innovate to eliminate resource waste. We will also continue to invest in technology and collaborate with our partners and suppliers to beat this goal.”
Climate Change and Sealed Air
Addressing climate change is a critical part of Sealed Air’s strategy, says the company, reassuring partners and customers looking for proof of high environmental standards.
The company also aims to establish new benchmarks for mitigating environmental and societal risks like climate change in profitable ways.
To achieve its 2040 net-zero ambition, several key strategies have been announced, including:
- Adopting state-of-the-art technology and innovation for automated packaging solutions and systems, advanced recycling, and recyclable and renewable materials.
- Continuing investments in renewable energy sources, including a solar power project in California, US, and a wind power project in Argentina.
- Improving food shelf life and reducing food waste, enhancing transportation efficiency, and protecting goods in transit.
Carbon saving designs
Several notable innovations from Sealed Air have hit the market recently, including the “world’s first” food-grade soft plastic film containing Certified Circular Resins (CCR) for food wraps and trays in fresh meat, fish and cheese applications. This innovation came ahead of the proposed 2022 UK Plastic Tax.
Last year, the company also unveiled a unique soft vacuum packaging system with continuous flow to help cheese processors optimize product quality. The system results in 50 percent energy savings compared to systems delivering similar outputs.
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) commended Sealed Air for its “excellent” performance in reducing GHG emissions for the seventh consecutive year.
Sealed Air also received an “A-” for its 2020 CDP climate disclosure.
In addition, the 2020 CDP Supplier Engagement Leaderboard added Sealed Air to its list for its actions and strategies to reduce GHG emissions and address climate-related issues in its supply chain.
As a part of this list, Sealed Air says it is among the top 7 percent of companies assessed for supplier engagement on climate change.
By Louis Gore-Langton
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