Sustainability Goals at Smurfit Kappa
Smurfit Kappa is making significant progress in its journey towards becoming a fully sustainable and circular business, according to its latest Sustainable Development Report (SDR) just published. An ambitious new set of sustainability goals is unveiled having met or exceeded previous targets ahead of their 2020 deadline. Smurfit Kappa has had a long-term commitment to making real and measurable progress against its five strategic sustainability priorities of forest, climate change, water, waste and people.
While Smurfit Kappa’s paper-based packaging is renewable and recyclable, the paper production process itself is energy intensive. Good progress was made again on its target for climate change with the company reporting a relative reduction in fossil CO2 emissions by 29% compared to its baseline year, 2005. Smurfit Kappa has focused on energy efficiency and the use of renewable sources of fuel such as biomass, where feasible.
Tony Smurfit, Group CEO, said, “This report outlines the progress that we continue to make in sustainability. As leaders in sustainable packaging, we have a responsibility to address the challenges that face the environment and society today. Through our Better Planet Packaging initiative we have committed to using our strength in design and innovation to guard against waste.”