Elopak reaches 100% FSC certification target

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Elopak reaches 100% FSC certification target

April 07, 2015 - 19:50
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OSLO, March 30, 2015 (Press Release) -Elopak is ahead of its deadline in fulfilling an industry-wide commitment to secure Chain-of-Custody certification of all production units by 2018.

The journey towards this milestone began in 2010, when Elopak started its Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certification according to the standards set by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). A rigorous implementation programme of FSC certification was then put into action to fulfil the commitment.

The Industry self-commitment (the ‘ACE* converters commitment'):

Elopak, Tetra Pak and SIG Combibloc, as ACE converting members, are committed to globally:

  • Sourcing 100% wood fiber from legal and acceptable sources by 2015

  • Securing CoC certification for all liquid packaging board mills by 2015

  • Securing CoC certification for all beverage carton manufacturing plants by 2018.

Marianne Groven, Environmental Manager, Elopak explains: "FSC certification ensures that our cartons are made with FSC-certified wood from responsibly managed forests and other controlled sources. The wood fibers are naturally renewable, if the forests are well-managed and replanted after harvest."

"This commitment spans not just our own operations but is industry-wide and includes securing FSC CoC certification for all liquid packaging board mills by 2015 and for all beverage carton manufacturing plants by 2018. In addition, the commitment includes 100% purchase of legal and acceptable fibers by 2015, which we have also fulfilled."

In 2014 Elopak reached a volume of 3,5 billion FSC-certified cartons, aiming to further increase the number of certified cartons in the coming years.