Paulig supports the EU Green Deal and ambitious climate targets leading to inclusive economic recovery in Europe. As a sustainable food & beverage company, Paulig recognises its responsibility in contributing to the EU Climate Target Plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, up from the current target of at least 40%. A higher target is also in Paulig’s interest as it creates a level playing field. Paulig has set its own very ambitious sustainability programme towards 2030, including science-based climate targets.
The world is facing huge environmental challenges, and despite the COVID-19 crisis, we must join forces to reach the net-zero emissions on the EU level. The food industry can play a crucial role in global climate and health solutions. As a sustainability frontrunner, Paulig recognises its responsibility for all future generations and hence, the company drives the sustainable future of food.
“We at Paulig were very pleased to hear about the EU Commission’s proposal on a more ambitious Climate Target plan and we support the increased climate ambition,” says Lea Rankinen, Paulig’s Sustainability and Public Affairs Director.
“We believe that working together and sharing the same ambitions, lead to a bigger impact. Therefore, Paulig supports Farm to Fork strategy and green recovery from COVID-19.”
EU-level climate targets are also in Paulig’s interest
A higher target is also in Paulig’s interest as it creates a level playing field. Companies have a key role in enabling the shift toward a net-zero emission world. Paulig’s ambitious climate targets are approved by the Science Based Target initiative and Paulig has stepped up to support in its operations and value chain the global temperature rise to a maximum of 1.5°C. “We want to inspire all companies to raise their ambitions by showing that a 1.5 °C compliant business model is possible, and we drive the Science Based Targets to become a business standard”, explains Lea Rankinen. Paulig’s ambition is that by 2030, it will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations (scopes 1 and 2) by 80% and its value chain by 50% from a 2018 base year.
Furthermore, Paulig strives to develop more sustainable products and services for its customers and consumers. Paulig works with its current suppliers and partners to adopt sustainable farming practices, look for new raw materials as well as search for new business models that further support the circular economy.
Packaging development continues to be one of the key focus areas for Paulig, and the ambition is that, by 2030, all of Paulig’s packages will be recyclable and made from renewable or recycled materials. The company will continue to increase the share of renewable energy as well as improve the energy efficiency and recycling rate.
“Emission reductions are beneficial and feasible if there is only a will to co-operate and build the future for the next generations”, sums up Lea Rankinen.