Climate action throughout the value chain

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We have set ourselves high sustainability ambitions for 2030, with climate as one of the key focus areas.

Our ambition is to strive for 100% renewable electricity and carbon neutral production with science-based targets for ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets and strong collaboration with our suppliers and business partners.

Today, Huhtamaki’s own operations account for approximately 20% of our total GHG emissions, while 80% arise from other parts in the value chain. In addition to reducing the GHG emissions from our own operations, we will increasingly engage with our suppliers and business partners to reduce the emissions stemming from our supply chain and facilitate reuse, recycling, and recovery of our products at the end of their life-cycle.

 

Climate

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2030 goals

Performance in 2021

100% renewable electricity

18% of total electricity consumed was from renewable sources

Carbon neutral production and science-based targets

Science-based targets approved and validated by the Science Based Targets initiative in 2021

Our science-based emission reduction targets were approved and validated by the Science Based Targets initiative in 2021, and are as follows:

  • In our operations, we aim to reduce our absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 27.5% by 2030 from a 2019 base year.
  •  In order to reduce the Scope 3 emissions from our value chain, we aim to drive emissions reductions related to the raw materials that we use in our production and to reduce the emissions from the end-of life treatment of our products. Huhtamaki has committed to ensuring that 70% of our suppliers, by spend, sign up to setting their own science-based targets by 2026.
  • In our downstream value chain, we are committed to reducing the GHG emissions from the end-of-life treatment of our products by 13.5% by 2030 from a 2019 base year.

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Huhtamaki GHG Inventory today

Scope 1 – Direct emissions occurring in our own operations as a result of using fossil fuels. Most (>90%) of our Scope 1 emissions result from the use of natural gas in our manufacturing units, where we use this fuel for heating and drying.

Scope 2 – Indirect emissions associated to the fossil-fueled generated electricity that we purchase for powering our manufacturing processes. Scope 2 emissions are about twice as large as our Scope 1 emissions.

Scope 3 – Other indirect emissions – associated with activities happening upstream and downstream in our value chain – account for 83% of our GHG inventory. The largest categories and their shares relative to our Scope 3 inventory are: purchased raw materials (57%) and waste-treatment methods of our products at their end-of-life (31%). The remaining 12% consists of other, various upstream and downstream activities (transportation of goods, employee commute, business travel, etc.)

Read about our strategy for reaching carbon neutral production.