Can we achieve climate neutrality by 2050? FEFCO thinks so…

With climate change being a focus for many businesses, it comes as no surprise that it is also a heavily discussed topic in the cardboard industry. Many companies make conscious efforts to reuse and recycle their cardboard- but FEFCO believes, as an industry, we can do more.

FEFCO have created a roadmap for the cardboard industry to reach climate neutrality by 2050 at the latest. In the roadmap, FEFCO detailed the industry’s carbon footprint, as well as the steps that the industry can take to achieve carbon neutrality.

According to FEFCO, the European corrugated cardboard industry produced 55,7 Billion m2 of corrugated board in approximately 700 plants located all over Europe, across 400 companies. Corrugated cardboard as an industry is important; which is why it is widely used as a packaging material. FEFCO also report that corrugated cardboard scores strong on several sustainability dimensions.

Some of these include:

  • Corrugated cardboard is a highly-circular and easy-to-recycle material, and on average, it has 88% recycled materials
  • It is made from a renewable source
  • It is biodegradable

However, it is not all good. The FEFCO report also predicts that the industry’s output of carbon emissions has grown in recent years, and it will continue to do so, especially since the increase in technology to order items. It is predicted that the industry’s carbon footprint could increase to 17,6 Mt CO2 by 2050.


Can climate neutrality be achieved?

For this ambitious pledge to be achieved, the industry will need to make significant efforts. The FEFCO roadmap details three key areas where this needs to happen: improving material efficiency and circularity, improving energy efficiency and decarbonising the energy mix, and supplier engagement. You can read more about what the FEFCO report recommends in each of these areas here.


How can Ribble’s Right Size technology help?

At Ribble we are always looking to reduce our carbon footprint and protect the future of the planet. That is why we pride ourselves on our Right Size solutions.

With our Right Size solutions, customers are only receiving the exact amount of cardboard they need. This reduces their use of plastic, void fillers, and excess cardboard. There is no waste, your products are packaged to fit them exactly, and you are helping the environment too.

Right Size solutions combine Ribble’s industry-leading Fanfold material and state-of-the-art technology to create the perfect size box for all your products.

We have a simple 4-step process for our Right Size solutions.

  1. Enter your box style and dimensions.
  2. Select how many you require.
  3. The box is produced within seconds.
  4. Your products are packaged in the perfect-sized box.

Ribble’s Right Size technology allows our customers to do their part to try and meet the ambition of FEFCO to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. We continue to do all we can to meet this and do the same for our customers.

If you want to help with the climate neutrality goal, contact Ribble today to discuss our Right Size packaging solutions.

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