Klingele joins global climate protection initiative SBTi

Limiting global warming to a maximum of 1.5 °C, halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions by 2050 – these are the goals of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The four German corrugated plants of the Klingele Paper & Packaging Group have now also joined this initiative, committing itself to science-based climate targets as part of its sustainable corporate management.

Klingele has been implementing successful climate protection projects for many years. “Our commitment to SBTi in our four German corrugated cardboard plants emphasises the seriousness of our sustainability efforts. We have been implementing energy projects for over 20 years. Now we are taking a decisive step further to establish targeted climate management. At a time when some companies are postponing their climate targets, we are convinced that sustainable business practices and economic success go hand in hand,” says Dr Jan Klingele, Managing Partner of the Klingele Paper & Packaging Group.

Dr Jan Klingele.

Klingele’s four German corrugated plants have committed to setting both short-term and long-term emission reduction targets by 2025, in line with the SBTi’s science-based net-zero targets. Alexandre McKay, Sustainability Manager, Klingele Paper & Packaging Group, contextualises this commitment, saying, “We are working on implementing the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), improving corporate carbon accounting and automating our sustainability reporting to ensure that our climate targets are transparent and measurable in the future. This not only benefits us but also supports our customers in achieving their own climate targets.” Regular reports on the company’s progress provide additional transparency in sustainable corporate management.

Innovations are essential for sustainable economic success. This is why Klingele has invested over €480m in modern machinery and an efficient and sustainable energy supply since 2011. The company has also established a systematic approach and created a space for creative idea development with customers in the so-called Co-Creation Arena in order to accelerate its own innovation management. Klingele is also focussing on less established markets abroad and combining the growth potential there with sustainable measures for the region.

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