Smurfit Kappa, according to the company, remains on target to deliver on its long-term goal to have at least net zero emissions by 2050, according to its 16th annual Sustainable Development Report.
The report, which covers January to December 2022, highlights the company’s progress through continued capital investment, ongoing operational improvement and collaboration with customers and other key stakeholders.
Last year, Smurfit Kappa delivered several landmark achievements highlighting its continued leadership in sustainability including:
• Successfully trialling hydrogen in its Saillat paper mill in France;
• Completion of a multi-fuel boiler in the Zülpich paper mill in Germany which reduced emissions at the mill by 25 percent;
• The announcement of the Group’s largest decarbonisation project in Cali, Colombia, involving an investment of almost €100m; and
• Commencement of a district heating project in Austria to benefit 20,000 homes across three communities.
The report also shows the measurable progress that Smurfit Kappa has delivered during 2022 against all its Better Planet 2050 sustainability targets including:
• 43.9 percent reduction in CO2 emissions since 2005 and 4 percent in 2022 alone;
• Reduction in water consumption by 2.1 percent in 2022;
• Waste to landfill intensity decreased by 24 percent since 2013;
• Packaging solutions sold as Chain of Custody, certified at 94.3 percent;
• Total Recordable Injury Rate reduced by 13.6 percent in 2022;
• Management positions held by women stood at 23.5 percent at the end of 2022, up from 22 percent in 2021; and
• Social investments of €18.4 million made since 2020.