Irish paper-based packaging manufacturer Smurfit Kappa has revealed details of its continuing progress in sustainable business initiatives during 2012.
The 2012 sustainable development report emphasises the group's belief that profitable growth can be achieved by providing its customers with new and sustainable packaging solutions.
It highlights the completion in February of the company's goal to certify all plants in Europe with a three year forest stewardship council (FSC), a programme for the endorsement of forest certification (PEFC), or both.
The group's Argentine and Mexican operations also received chain of custody certifications under the FSC certification programme.
In terms of air pollution, Smurfit Kappa reduced its year-on-year absolute fossil carbon dioxide emissions by 1.8% in 2012, and its year-on-year absolute chemical oxygen demand discharges by 1.7%. For every tonne of paper and board produced, its global paper and board mill system reduced these figures by 3.1% and 4.7% respectively.
Smurfit Kappa chief executive officer Gary McGann said that the company makes continued efforts to promote sustainable management practices across its operations.
"Today's report and the early achievement of one of our long-term sustainable development goals further demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and social responsibility," he said.
Image: The paper-based packaging manufacturer recduced its year-on-year absolute fossil CO2 emissions by 1.8%. Photo: courtesy of Master isolated images.