Smurfit Kappa Group, one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging products with operations in Europe and the Americas, has taken the next step forward in its sustainability journey by rolling out an ambitious new set of goals.

According to the announcement, the company has had a long-term commitment to making real and measurable progress against its five strategic sustainability priorities of forest, climate change, water, waste and people.

While Smurfit Kappa’s paper-based packaging is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, the paper production process itself is resource-intensive so a new set of goals has been outlined to build on the progress already made. These are:

  • Maintaining >90% chain of custody certification of annual customer deliveries
  • Maintaining 100% chain of custody operating system certification
  • Assessing energy usage reduction opportunities in converting operations by 2020
  • Performing water risk assessments for paper mills not yet assessed by 2020
  • Decreasing water discharge intensity by 60% by 2025 compared to 2005
  • Decreasing paper mill fossil intensity by 40% by 2030 compared to 2005
  • Reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill by 30% by 2025

In the area of ‘People’ a new Health and Safety goal has been set which aims to reduce the Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) by 5% annually.

Earlier this year, Smurfit Kappa announced that it had met, and in some cases exceeded, its previous sustainability goals in the areas of people, climate change and water with the last two goals achieved three years ahead of their 2020 deadline.

Steven Stoffer, VP of development, commented: “This new set of goals has been drawn up to make sure we retain our leadership in the field of sustainability by reflecting the ambitious EU sustainability agenda into the targets for our global operating network and thereby continuing to push for sustainable innovation.”