Südpack, a manufacturer of high-performance films for packaging, has released its annual sustainability report, highlighting the progress made during 2021 and 2022.

The report details the company’s progress in the areas of circular economy, climate protection, and social responsibility.

This is the first time since 2016, when Südpack first released its sustainability report, that the company has included details of all its six production sites.

Südpack’s facilities are located in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, and the US.

In terms of a circular economy, Südpack is mainly focused on the generation of innovative material structures, which is included under its Zero Waste initiative.

The company describes these structures as crucial for fulfilling the requirements of the EU’s packaging and packaging waste regulation for recyclability, material efficiency, and recyclate use in future.

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According to Südpack, it also implemented a life cycle assessment (LCA) tool, which can be used for developing new products and for conducting LCAs for customer-specific packaging concepts.

During the reported 2021/22 period, the company worked on its chemical recycling efforts, which is claimed to be a more viable alternative than the current mechanical recycling technology.

Südpack said it has been investing in chemical recycling technology since 2021, as part of its long-term strategy to expand existing capacities and to contribute to a circular economy.

The company further pledged to support its long-term carbon dioxide (CO₂) reduction goals in tandem with its Net Zero vision and the broader Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Südpack, which first committed to SBTi targets in 2022, has already defined and submitted its CO₂ reduction pathways for scopes 1, 2, and 3.

The company highlighted that its current report’s features are in line with the forthcoming Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive, to be implemented on 5 January 2023 at the EU level, requiring all member states to transpose the directive into national law within 18 months.