By switching its production plants in Pakistan and China to use green electricity, global packaging producer Ecolean is now sourcing 100 percent renewable electricity globally. Completing the shift to only purchase renewable electricity amounts to a 95 percent reduction of its Scope 2* carbon emissions, compared to Ecolean’s base year of 2018 – one of the key highlights from the Ecolean Sustainability Report 2020.
Renewable energy in all production sites globally
“We have worked hard on many levels to meet our commitment to use 100 percent renewable electricity for all our production plants by 2030. This target was actually met in 2020 by signing renewable energy agreements for our production sites in Pakistan and China,” says Anna Palminger, Sustainability Director at Ecolean Group.
Ecolean’s packages are 50-60% lighter than other types of liquid food packaging, which reduces environmental impact throughout the package’s lifecycle. Less raw materials used means energy and resource savings in production as well as lighter transportation. Most of the energy Ecolean uses is consumed in the production and manufacturing operations and by sourcing 100 percent renewable electricity, Ecolean decreases the environmental impact from its production even further.
Reducing climate impact by 95 percent
“If we compare our carbon emission levels from 2020 with data from our base year 2018, we save over 3,400 tonnes CO2-eq by sourcing 100 percent renewable electricity, which amounts to a 95 percent reduction in total in our Scope 2 emissions. This shows our dedication when it comes to doing everything we can to reduce the lifecycle impact of our products. Additionally, by sourcing renewable electricity for all our production sites, we can both reduce our climate impact, while helping to drive the demand for more renewable energy in society,” says Palminger.
Ecolean also increased the proportion of total renewable energy used in its operations from 81 percent in 2019 to 96 percent and is now working to replace the remaining non-renewable energy used in power aggregates.
*Scope 2 refers to emissions from the consumption of purchased electricity
Ecolean develops and manufactures innovative packaging systems for the beverage, dairy and liquid food industry. Ecolean’s modern lightweight packaging solutions and resource-efficient filling lines offer both customer and consumer convenience and environmental responsibility. Ecolean is a global company with its headquarters in Sweden. Established in 1996, the company has commercial activities in over 30 countries, with China, Pakistan, Russia and Europe being its largest markets. Ecolean has 500 employees.
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