Thursday, 22 November 2012
Growing commitment from beverage carton industry to FSC certified wood and fibers
In 2011, ACE members Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc purchased 85% of their wood fibre from either FSC certified or FSC Controlled Wood sources. This marks an important increase from 2010, where ACE carton manufacturers sourced only 78% from FSC certified or FSC Controlled Wood sources.
On 20 November 2012 the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment announced an increase in verified traceable wood fibres that are being sourced globally for beverage cartons. This marks significant progress by ACE carton manufacturers towards achieving full third-party verified traceability of wood fibres used in carton. ACE carton manufacturers have committed to source 100% wood fibre that is traceable to legal and acceptable sources by 2015. In addition, 40 out of the 54 converting plants that they own worldwide are FSC chain of custody certified. This number has increased by 11% compared to 2010.
“We are delighted to see our members’ steady progress towards achieving the high targets set in 2007”, comments Katarina Molin, Director General of ACE. “Traceability is one of our industry’s most important strategic means to combat illegal logging (which is also an objective of the new European Union Timber Regulation) and equally important to avoid using socially and environmentally unacceptable sources of wood.”
These figures come from the Proforest fifth annual report on the Chain of Custody commitment (CoC) made by ACE members Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc in 2007. The three companies have committed in an ‘Industry selfcommitment (the ‘ACE commitment’) including the following points:
• Sourcing 100% wood fibre 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
The reporting is managed by Proforest an independent verifier of natural resource management specialized in practical approaches to sustainability.
ACE expects that the percentage of CoC certified plants will further increase in 2012.