Sidel has pledged to halve its emissions by 2030 and confirmed that all its sites would be 100 percent green energy-powered by the end of this year. This aligns with the 1.5°C pathway – the best effort to limit global warming.
The global packaging solutions company has revised its sustainability targets. It is now on track to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at its own sites and facilities by 50 percent by 2030, compared to a 2019 baseline.
This is a significant step-up compared to its previous goal, set only a year ago, of a 30 percent reduction in emissions in the same timeframe.
Keen to lead the way and set standards for its industry, Sidel began switching its 17 production sites worldwide to renewable energy in 2019 and will complete the process by the end of 2022. The success of this transition has enabled it to revise its targets upwards.
“I’m delighted to say that we have exceeded our own sustainability ambitions and can now set even more stringent targets,” says Sidel CEO Monica Gimre.
“By 2030, we will reduce emissions across all our sites by half. Importantly, this puts Sidel on the pathway agreed upon at the COP26 Climate Change summit of taking action to limit global warming to 1.5°C or less by the end of the century. We are one of the few companies in our sector to commit to this.”
Supporting customers and suppliers
Sidel has also renewed its commitment to reduce emissions on everything it buys and sells by 25 percent against its 2019 baseline by 2030. It continues to work closely with its customers and suppliers around the world to help them find ways of reducing emissions.
Last year it installed upgrades on existing lines that achieved savings of over 1,500 tonnes of CO2. It has committed to ensuring that every machine it produces will consume at least 25 percent less energy compared to its 2019 benchmark.
Innovations in its portfolio have reduced the energy consumption of its blowers by 45 percent and halved the water consumption of its bottle washers. In early 2022 it launched Evo-ON, a cloud-based digital platform that helps customers monitor and optimise energy consumption on packaging lines.
Sidel has also developed a strategy to help its suppliers lower their emissions, encouraging them to make a GHG inventory, commit to science-based targets and develop their climate change policy. In addition, Sidel has signed up to R-Cycle, a voluntary initiative to bring to life the “digital product passport”: an open global tracing standard for packaging that will drive forward the circular economy.
“As a major supplier of packaging equipment and services, we’re working hard to help our industry to become more sustainable,” adds Gimre.
“Energy consumption is by far the biggest contributor to global warming, and packaging currently accounts for about 5 percent of the energy used in the life cycle of a food product, making it a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. We take our responsibility seriously to do what we can to lower those emissions. We let our customers know we are with them and that they are never alone in their sustainability journey.”