Tetra Pak North Europe on a closed-loop circular economy

With rising C02 Levels and a net-zero goal that is likely to be missed without viable action, Tetra Park looks at achieving a closed-loop circular economy

According to the European magazine for sustainability, Packaging Europe, there are three steps needed to establish a closed-loop circular economy.

In a recently released article Alex Henriksen, MD Tetra Pak North Europe, talks us through the ways in which the packaging industry can help to establish a closed-loop economy, which has major implications for both procurement and supply chain. 

Henriksen says: "In July 2022, the UK and northern mainland Europe were struck by an unprecedented heatwave, with the hottest temperature in the UK recorded at 40°C.

"For many, this has been a wake-up call to take urgent action in mitigating climate change, with the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit finding that 70% of people in the UK agreed that climate change was a driver behind these temperatures."

Henrisken says: "We are clearly not on track to limit global warming by 1.5°C, which can primarily be achieved through decarbonising our energy systems and the materials we use," and "the packaging industry must play a leading role in this, with plastic packaging accounting for nearly 70% of plastic waste in the UK."

The three steps that will be needed are:

1. Making the most of materials

2. Earning consumers’ trust and engagement

3. Collaborating for an all-in recycling system

The article says Tetra Pak is calling on "a refocus on how the packaging industry addresses its role in delivering a circular economy – by not just focusing on waste management via an efficient and comprehensive DRS, but also through investing in research and development of plant-based, renewable materials in packaging design."


Featured Articles

Coupa Software’s Mike Schanker joins P&SC LIVE New York

Mike Schanker, Executive Vice President of Strategic Insights at Coupa Software to speak at Procurement & Supply Chain LIVE New York

ServiceNow’s Kirsten Loegering joins P&SC LIVE New York

Kirsten Loegering, VP of Product Management, Finance and Supply Chain Workflows at ServiceNow, will speak at Procurement & Supply Chain LIVE New York

McKinsey's Report Outlines Issues Facing Procurement Leaders

Procurement leaders face significant challenges and are finding that adoption of advanced practices to tackle both immediate issues and long-term goals

How RealWear's is Revolutionising Frontline Safety

Technology & AI

How Procurement can Make or Break an Organisation

Procurement Strategy

P&SC LIVE London Welcomes LeanLinking as Sponsor