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.