Tetra Pak has committed to further reducing its climate impact by securing renewable energy for all its production facilities in China. Demonstrating leadership in managing climate impact while supporting local communities is at the core of Tetra Pak's sustainability work, who announced this week that it now uses renewable electricity for more than a third of its total annual consumption worldwide.
With the help of South Pole Group, Tetra Pak China have procured international renewable energy certificates (I-RECs) to cover the electricity consumption from its plants in Hohhot, Beijing, Foshan, Kunshan and Pudong. I-REC certificates represent a contractual agreement between the electricity generator and the electricity consumer, acting as proof that the electricity purchased has been generated from renewable energy and providing a guarantee of origin. The I-RECs procured by Tetra Pak are equivalent to the total electricity consumption of all these facilities, as well as its regional head office of Greater China in Shanghai.
"We joined the RE100 last year as a part of our commitment to tackle climate change, pledging to use 100% renewable electricity across all our operations by 2030," says Charles Brand, Executive Vice President of Product Management and Commercial Operations at Tetra Pak. "This move in China, where we have the largest production footprint, is a solid step forward as we stride towards that goal." RE100 is a global, collaborative business initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP to drive demand for, and delivery of, renewable power.
“We are thrilled to help Tetra Pak pioneer the use of renewable energy certificates as a part of a global renewable sourcing strategy. By proactively using proven solutions to ensure renewable electricity for their operations in markets such as China, which still lacks advanced renewable energy infrastructure, Tetra Pak is showing a real commitment to sustainable development," says Jens Olejak, Director Sustainable Energy, South Pole Group
Tetra Pak is also purchasing 100% renewable electricity for all its facilities across Sweden. This includes the use of 60 GWh of green electricity per year from Swedish wind power. These comprehensive climate measures demonstrate that leadership in managing environmental impact while supporting local communities is at the core of Tetra Pak's company agenda.