More and more consumers in all our markets prefer paper-based packaging over plastic and polystyrene. Global awareness of plastic pollution is growing, as non-degradable plastic ends up in landfills or the oceans. Large retailers are listening, and many are setting ambitious targets to phase out plastic packaging.
In 2021, we at Hartmann maintained a firm focus on replacing single-use plastic and polystyrene foam packaging through our paper-based products.
Whilst new practical alternatives are slowly emerging in many grocery categories, there has been a well-established alternative to oil-based polystyrene and PET plastic in the egg category for many years. It’s environmentally friendly, made with 100% recyclable materials and has a proven track record of superior, reliable performance: moulded fibre egg packaging.
We estimate that our paper-based cartons replaced 133,000 tons of single-use, oil-based plastic and polystyrene foam packaging in 2021.
Moreover, we’re working to accelerate the shift from these oil-based packaging solutions to our paper-based products, which offer the additional benefits of more marketing space, better protection and superior hygiene.
Based on in-depth analysis and driven by our clear ambition of remaining a front-runner in our industry, we’ve committed to setting near-term science-based targets to reduce emissions in order to help limit the global temperature rise to 1.5°C.
We'll work to reduce scope 1 and 2 CO2e emissions by 50% in 2030, and the next step is scope 3 CO2e emission reduction targets. We’ll submit ambitious climate targets for approval and validation by the globally-recognised Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), and we look forward to pursuing those targets and reporting on the progress made in the years ahead.
About the COP report 2021
The sustainability report is part of Brødrene Hartmann A/S’ annual report covering the period 1 January – 31 December 2021. The report constitutes our “Communication On Progress” (COP) to the UN Global Compact and ensures compliance with section 99a, 99b and 107d of the Danish Financial Statements Act.
In the preparation of the report, we have focused on identifying and reporting on relevant stakeholder concerns and the context and materiality of our efforts as well as presenting a comprehensive overview of Hartmann’s sustainability work.
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