BRUSSELS, Dec. 15, 2015 (Press Release) -Significant progress has been made by ACE beverage carton manufacturers towards achieving full certification of the wood fibre used in cartons demonstrating legality and traceability, and of the factories that produce them worldwide.
The ACE industry commitment aims to put in place, globally, 100% chain-of-custody certification coverage by 2015 for all paperboard purchased, and by 2018 for all converting plants. Moving towards this goal, in 2014, 98% of the fibers purchased worldwide were proven to be FSC®certified or FSC controlled wood compared to 93% in 2013. In addition, 96% of the converting plants owned by Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc are now FSC Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certified.
This is the conclusion of ProForest, an independent verifier of natural resource management, in its eighth annual report on the chain of custody commitment made globally by the three companies in 2007.
“On the whole we are very pleased with our progress towards meeting our commitments” said Bertil Heerink, Director-general of ACE. “With our global commitment, ACE beverage carton producers are putting principles of circular economy into practice. We believe that responsible sourcing of primary raw materials is critical for sustainable economic growths and safeguarding competitiveness of European producers.”
“We welcome the recognition of sustainable sourcing and the contribution of bio-based materials in the European Commission circular economy package, which helps strengthening our commitment to responsibly sourced renewable materials and should be extended to the legislative proposals. The use of bio-based materials should be promoted, particularly in sectors such as packaging where solutions are already available. Circular Economy framework should aim to maintain Europe’s economic competitiveness by ensuring access to primary resources and materials, creating the conditions for all primary materials to be responsibly sourced and driving initiatives that will increase the use of renewable materials. We are looking forward to a constructive dialogue with the EU institutions on the future developments of EU resource policies towards 2020,” adds Heerink.