RockTenn aims to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 2020

1 July 2012 (Last Updated July 1st, 2012 18:30)

RockTenn has announced plans aiming to reduce its energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 10%, as part of its 2020 sustainability goals.

RockTenn has announced plans aiming to reduce its energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 10%, as part of its 2020 sustainability goals.

The manufacturer of corrugated and consumer packaging recently published a Corporate Sustainability Report, stating that it also aims to reduce its water use by 12% and solid waste by 15%.

RockTenn also eyes an achievement of chain-of-custody certifications for 100% of its facilities, and plans to improve employee safety by 30%.

RockTenn chairman and CEO Jim Rubright said the company has been producing paper-based packaging from recycled materials since its incorporation in 1936.

"Our core business activities were founded on recycling products that create economic value by reusing materials otherwise bound for waste streams," Rubright added.

With environmentally sustainable operations, the company believes that it can be more consistent and have a positive impact on the environment.

According to the company, the report also provides a summary of its approach to sustainability, progress towards its goals and instances of sustainability in action throughout the company.

RockTenn further noted that the sustainability goals are evidence of its ongoing commitment to its environment, people and its performance. The company operates in the US, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and China.