Beverage carton producers of ACE reach target for traceable wood fibre
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Tetra Pak, SIG Combibloc, and Elopak, all members of the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) have achieved their goal of using only wood fibre that is verified to come from legal and acceptable sources in their paperboard beverage cartons.
In May 2007, the three ACE members signed a voluntary commitment to ensure that the liquid packaging board used in their cartons contains wood fibre that is traceable to well-managed forests. According to the Proforest report released on the 1st of December, the ACE members have reached the targets of the commitment by the end of 2015, within the targeted timeframe.
The ACE members’ commitment included two goals; firstly, to secure 100% supply of wood fibre that is traceable to legal and acceptable sources by 2015; and secondly, to achieve chain of custody certification for all their carton manufacturing plants by 2018 and for all supplying mills by the end of 2015. FSC standards were used to ensure the systematic use of legal and acceptable wood fibres in beverage cartons. Monitoring of compliance with the commitment was carried-out by Proforest.
As other sources of wood fibre were eliminated, the ACE members reported an increase in the amount of FSC-certified material that they are using from 11 per cent of all fibre purchased in 2007 to 43 per cent in 2015. In total, these three companies purchased approximately 1,209,600 tons of FSC-certified liquid packaging board during 2015.
The Proforest report is available on ACE website: http://www.beveragecarton.eu/uploads/Modules/Publications/ace_9th_annual_report_2015_final.pdf
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