Beverage carton industry reveals ten-year roadmap

By Jim Cornall contact

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The new roadmap includes 10 commitments.
The new roadmap includes 10 commitments.

Related tags: Packaging, Sustainability, Sig combibloc, Stora enso, Tetra pak

ACE, The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment, and its members SIG Combibloc, BillerudKorsnäs, Elopak, Stora Enso and Tetra Pak, have set the industry’s vision for the future, aiming to deliver the most sustainable packaging for resilient food supply systems that is renewable, climate positive and circular.

Through its roadmap, the organization said its members are committed to take action on all parts of the industry value chain, from sustainable sourcing to climate impact and recycling.

Increasing the collection and recycling of beverage cartons to reach a 90% collection rate and at least a 70% recycling rate by 2030, and the decarbonization of the industry’s value chain in line with the 1.5C aligned science-based targets are included in the 10 commitments.

In line with the vision of ACE members, beverage cartons will be: made only from renewable and/or recycled material; fully recyclable and recycled; made entirely from sustainably-sourced raw materials; and the packaging solution with the lowest carbon footprint. 

“The industry has set high and ambitious standards for the next 10 years​,” said Annick Carpentier, director general of ACE.

“We look forward to fostering a dialogue with EU decision makers to ensure that the necessary regulatory conditions are in place to support the industry’s journey towards beverage cartons as the sustainable packaging choice for today and tomorrow.”

The organization said it will strive for its companies’ packaging to continue to actively contribute towards the ambitions of the EU Green Deal, specifically climate neutrality, circularity, biodiversity and resilient food systems, while never compromising the health and safety of consumers.

“The industry continues to invest in innovation and technology to increase beverage carton recycling,”​ said Marcelle Peuckert, president of ACE.

“The industry needs an enabling policy framework that will continue to support our investments and innovation over the next decade.”

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