PHOTO: Constantia Ecoflex Ahmedabad in India is the first plant in the world producing only recyclable flexible packaging.
Globally and across all industries, climate change and sustainability have grown in significance. The importance of action was also recently communicated by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: “The natural environment is deteriorating at an alarming rate: sea levels are rising; ocean acidification is accelerating; the last four years have been the warmest on record; one million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction, and land degradation continues unchecked.”
Constantia Flexibles, the world’s third largest producer of flexible packaging solutions, takes these worrying developments very seriously. Alexander Baumgartner, CEO of Constantia Flexibles: “We as human beings and even more so as companies, have a duty to fulfil which is to leave the planet at least in the same shape and state it was when we came for the next generations. Our participation in the initiative 50 Sustainability and Climate Leaders is a further measure for us to fulfil this duty. In the video we are demonstrating how companies worldwide can also make their contribution.”
Being part of the 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders campaign is an integral part of the company’s sustainability strategy focusing on the long-term. With the reach of Bloomberg’s digital network and the close collaboration of the United Nations in the campaign, the company wants to prove what is possible. Peaking in an exclusive conference hosted by the UN – planned to take place in September 2020 in New York – Constantia Flexibles will engage with the other campaign participants to showcase its strive for a more sustainable future. And the list of Constantia Flexibles’ activities for a better future is extensive.
Science Based, ambitious targets
Since 2005, Constantia Flexibles has been measuring its direct and indirect emissions (Scope 1 and Scope 2) as well as the indirect emissions (Scope 3) coming from upstream and downstream value chain activities. Constantia Flexibles’ goal is to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 24% by 2030 and by 49% by 2050 from a 2015 base-year.
Measures to reach the target include increasing the share of purchased electricity coming from renewable resources, energy optimization, as well as decreasing indirect emissions deriving from the value chain, e.g. from purchased raw materials. A minus of 10% had already been achieved until 2018.
The greenhouse-gas emission reduction target (GHG) was also officially approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative. Targets adopted by companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are considered “science-based” if they are in line with the level of decarbonization required to keep the global temperature increase below two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial temperatures.
“Setting this ambitious target in line with climate science demonstrates our dedication to play our part in international efforts to limit global temperature rise and take action to combat climate change," says Baumgartner.
As a signatory of the New Plastics Economy “Global Commitment," Constantia Flexibles pledged that all its packaging will be recyclable by 2025. Today, the company stands at 60% recyclable packaging.
One solution to reach 100% is Constantia Flexibles’ innovative packaging product line, EcoLam. EcoLam is lightweight, and its OPE/PE structure is fully recyclable since it is a mono-material. Of course, it also provides all the oxygen and moisture barrier in order to protect goods. The sustainable solution is produced at the Constantia Ecoflex Ahmedabad plant, in Gujarat, India, which is the first plant in the world producing only recyclable flexible packaging.
Furthermore, Constantia Flexibles is a founding member of CEFLEX (A Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging), a collaborative project of a European consortium of companies with the vision of an established collection, sorting and reprocessing economy developed for post-consumer flexible packaging across Europe.
In 2018, Constantia Flexibles’ largest plant, Constantia Teich in Austria, was the first European company to be certified according to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s (ASI) Performance Standard for environmental, social and governance performance. In 2019, Constantia Teich successfully completed the audit in accordance with ASI’s Chain of Custody Standard, which complements the ASI Performance Standard and sets out requirements for the creation of a Chain of Custody (CoC) for material, including ASI aluminium. This means that the plant meets the industry’s highest sustainability standards, which cover governmental, environmental as well as social elements.
Find out more about Constantia Flexibles’ measures for a more sustainable future in the video produced in course of the initiative 50 Climate and Sustainability Leaders here. Further information about the initiative is available here.