Net-Zero Case Study - Elopak
The Norwegian packaging company Elopak has a science-based target to reach net-zero by 2050.
Elopak produces cartons for liquids, and operates in 42 countries. The company was one of 80 companies that took part in the Net-Zero Road Test during the summer of 2021.
Elopak is taking significant action on its scope 2 emissions - those are indirect emissions associated with the purchase of electricity, steam, heat, or cooling. The company has already sourced 100% renewable electricity since 2016. In 2021 it launched projects across three sites to move from oil and gas to renewable electricity:
In its facility in Montreal, Canada, all gas valves in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system were replaced to reduce energy consumption. A new print line using electricity instead of gas was installed, replacing fossil energy with renewable electricity, as well as additional benefits of reducing waste and increasing productivity. These improvements are expected to reduce emissions by 300 tonnes CO2e per year.
Its coating plant in the Netherlands eliminated natural gas consumption for heating buildings - it now uses only renewable electricity as its energy source.
The converting plant in Netherlands changed five production halls’ lights from fluorescent lighting to LED, using two thirds less energy, replaced gas-fired heating with heat pumps for the plate-making area and offices and introduced six electrical vehicle chargers outside their main building.
Elopak was an early adopter of 1.5°C-aligned targets in 2019, and it is now celebrating the validation of its net-zero targets. Elopak’s science-based target is to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 42% by 2030 from a 2020 base year, reduce scope 3 emissions by 25% by 2030 from a 2020 base year and continue to source 100% renewable electricity.
Companies have the power to make a huge impact in the fight against climate breakdown. By setting science-based targets, climate ambition and corporate ambition can work side-by-side to help maintain a habitable planet for humankind. Set a target now.