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Tetra Pak has joined supplier Maersk Line in its Carbon Pact, committing the two companies to work together to achieve challenging reductions in carbon emissions.

​​​​​​​​​Engaging with our suppliers

Finding ways to achieve economic growth without increasing consumption of resources or carbon emissions is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. Tetra Pak seeks to break new ground in this field by working closely with major customers and suppliers to drive progress towards low-carbon growth.

In 2014 we joined the Carbon Pact, an initiative by Maersk Line, one of the world’s largest container shipping companies, and our biggest supplier of ocean freight. The Carbon Pact involves Maersk Line engaging with leading customers like Tetra Pak to discover ways to achieve low-carbon growth.

A long-term commitment

Carbon Pacts are multi-year agreements under which Maersk Line commits to a CO2 target tailored to the customer’s business. In our case, the agreement involves Maersk Line undertaking to cut CO2 emissions by 45% for every Tetra Pak container it moves. Currently, Maersk Line transports 17,000 large containers (known as 40-foot equivalent units) for Tetra Pak every year.

The CO2 cuts are to be attained over a 10-year time frame between 2010 and 2020 and will focus closely on reducing emissions from fuel consumption.

The initiative does not stop there. Both companies have made a pledge to communicate their Carbon Pact engagements transparently and to work towards incorporating sustainability aspects across their decision-making processes. We have also agreed to co-develop tools and practices to integrate sustainability into the relationship between shippers and carriers – and publicly promote the idea with other customers. A joint implementation plan and scorecard have been put in place to track progress over time.

Supply chain excellence

Decoupling economic growth from resource consumption and carbon emissions is vital if business is to become truly sustainable and play its full role in mitigating climate change. The Maersk Line Carbon Pact aims to take a big step in this direction by fostering more sustainable procurement along the entire supply chain and raising the bar for all the industries involved – shippers, carriers and customers alike.

Stephen Schueler, Chief Commercial Officer at Maersk Line, says: “By committing to reducing supply-chain emissions, we’re not only demonstrating our long-term commitment to delivering tangible carbon savings for a key partner – we’re also showing that responsible business is good business.”

“Tetra Pak and Maersk Line share a common commitment to sustainable growth. The Carbon Pact confirms our mutual values and aspirations,” says Robert Ingvarsson, Director of Tetra Laval Group Transport & Travel.

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