​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2017 Performance data

Raw materials and sourcing

The data presented in this section covers the raw materials used to produce our carton packages, including laminates, closures, straws, strips and film. The chart shows the relative proportions of each type of raw material that go into our packages.

Please note: This data refers to the 2017 financial year. We will soon have an update on 2018 performance.

Raw material use per main base material


Total packaging raw materials used by weight

The number of FSC-labelled packages we deliver to our customers has been steadily growing since 2007, when we launched the first FSC-labelled beverage carton.​

Climate and energy

Value Chain climate impact

Our 2020 climate goal is to cap greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the value chain at 2010 levels while continuing to grow our business.

GHG emissions across value chain

Our biggest single climate impact results from energy consumption in our own operations and elsewhere in the value chain. Almost 90% of the GHG emissions in our value chain come from our suppliers in the production of raw materials and from our customers’ sites when they use our processing and packaging equipment.

Breakdown of value chain climate impact

Breakdown of total value chain emission according to GHG Protocol’s scopes is presented in the table below. Scope 3 results per category can be viewed on Tetra Pak’s CDP Climate disclosure. 

GHG emissions ktonnes CO2e table

*Based on Market based Scope 2 accounting methodology. Location based 2017 scope 2 result is 325 ktonnes CO2e.

**Includes following Scope 3 Categories: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, and 12.

***Emission reduction is calculated by comparing the absolute value chain emissions to previous year and to 2010 (which is the baseline year for our 2020 climate goal).

To read more about our GHG accounting methodology please see Measuring and reporting​.  


Tetra Pak operations climate impact

Scope 1 includes direct emissions from our own operations, including fuel consumption, the use of refrigerants and solvents. Scope 2 includes indirect emissions related to purchased electricity, heat, steam or cooling. Our Scope 2 total for 2017 was calculated using the "market based" methodology. This means that we have used supplier-specific emission rates where available, in line with the GHG Protocol Scope 2 Quality Criteria, and that our results reflect the use of renewable electricity at our sites. Along with achieving a reduction in our value chain emissions, we have also reduced our Scope 1 and 2 emissions. ​

In 2017 our scope 1+2 emissions reduced 14% compared to year 2016 and we made good progress towards our science based 2030 and 2040 emission reduction goals. The main drivers to reduce emissions have been actions to further improve energy efficiency of our sites as well as increased use of renewable electricity run our operations. The main contributor to our scope 1+2 emission is purchased electricity to our sites, 73%.


GHG emissions (Scope 1 and 2)


GHG emissions (Scope 1 and 2) per emission source

We monitor the emission intensity of our packaging material operations by measuring generated Scope 1+2 emission per produced million standard packages.

GHG emissions intenstiy (scope 1 and 2), ub oacjagubg nateruak production


Tetra Pak operations energy use

The energy use reported includes purchased and on-site generated electricity, the use of fossil fuels such as natural gas and district heating (hot water/steam). Electricity is the main source of power for our operations. Fuels are used both for heating and for process-specific purposes such as drying printing inks.

The charts below depicts total energy consumption across our operations around the world. Energy use has remained relatively stable, despite increases in production. Our converting factories consume 80% of the total energy used across our operations.


Energy use
Energy use by source
Purchased electricity is the main energy source used in our operations. Of the electricity that we consume 45% came from renewable sources in 2017.
Energy Consumption
Electricity consumption

We monitor the energy intensity of our packaging material operations by measuring the energy used to produce a million standard packages. As shown in the chart below, this indicator has remained stable in recent years with no major fluctuations.

Energy intensity in packaging material production

Other emissions to air

Ozone depleting substances

Emissions from ozone depleting substances result from CFC/HCFC leakages.

Tetra Pak policy is to replace CFC, halon and all other substances with high ozone depleting potential with alternative substances that have a lower environmental impact. Since implementing this policy our emissions from ozone depleting substances have dropped to marginal levels. 

Ozone depleting substances


Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

VOC emissions arise mainly from solvents used in printing inks and, to some extent, from printing plate production. The data below represents total VOC emissions to air, after abatement equipment.


VOC emissions in packaging material production


The graph below shows our VOC emissions per million standard packages produced.


VOC emissions intensity in packaging material production

Operational waste

Packaging material production waste

Material waste is measured as the difference between raw material consumed and the packaging material produced. The material waste rate is the factory weighted average waste percentage. The figure below shows the steady reduction of packaging material waste over the years.


Packaging material waste


Management of operational waste

Waste handling covers the handling of all solid waste produced in our production and equipment assembly sites, including production waste and any other types of waste from sites. The chart shows the proportions of waste that is recycled, incinerated either with or without energy recovery, and send to landfill.


Waste handling



The data in this section depicts total water consumption across the Tetra Pak sites. The amount of water we use is modest; nevertheless, we seek to minimize usage as far as possible. Our converting factories account for the largest percentage of water use, followed by those operations that assemble machines and equipment.


Corporate water use


Total water use by function

The main water source for Tetra Pak is municipal water supplies (67%) followed by groundwater (24%). In 2017 office locations were not asked to report their water withdrawal sources in annual environmental data collection from sites and thus their water use is reported as other/unspecified.


Water withdrawal by source

In much the same way as we measure energy intensity, we monitor the water used in our carton packaging production sites per million standard packages.

Water use intensity in packaging materal production

Recycling data

Global recycling rate of Tetra Pak packages
Total number of recycled Tetra Pak packages

FSC-labelled packages

Environmental management system certification

Tetra Pak goes well beyond legal requirements and applies international environmental standards to ensure that environmental issues and impacts are managed in a systematic way. At the end of 2017, 97% of our factories were certified according to the ISO 14001 standard with certification in progress for the remaining 3%.​


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