At Sidel, we believe that good business is founded on sustainable practices. By placing sustainability at the heart of everything we do, we are protecting our precious environment and ultimately creating a better future for all.
Sidel is fully engaged with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. We contribute to many of these goals through various ways, such as by developing our portfolio of innovations, reducing our emissions and supporting our customers in reducing their water consumption. In 2022, we revised our climate targets and, while still waiting for final confirmation from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) scientific committee, we are now on track to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from our own sites and facilities by 50 per cent by 2030, compared to 2019. This represents a significant increase in our level of ambition compared to our previous goal of a 30 per cent reduction in emissions in the same timeframe set only a year ago.
“We consciously act for the sustainable transformation of the packaging industry, providing safe and innovative eco solutions for a circular economy and a positive impact on our planet.”
The COP27 climate conference in 2022 emphasised the urgent need for climate action, and we have a clear strategy on how we can play our part.
Based on a GHG inventory we have focused on three scopes:
Our climate goals
Climate action requires a science-based approach, and the SBTi is the most-recognised independent authority. Science-based targets provide companies with a clearly defined path to reduce their emissions in line with the Paris climate agreement objectives. Our climate targets have been validated by the SBTi since 2021.
In 2022, we raised our scope 1 and 2 emissions target to a 50 per cent reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions across our sites and facilities by 2030 compared to 2019. While we are waiting for final approval of our targets, we also completed the switch to renewable energy at our 17 production sites around the world, which is part of our commitment that is aligned with the pathway to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
We will reduce our scope 3 emissions related to what we buy and sell by 25 per cent compared with our 2019 baseline by 2030. We will continue to work closely with our suppliers to help them find ways to reach our common sustainability targets and to further support the sustainability journey of our customers.
Our climate roadmap
To achieve our goals, we have drawn up a climate roadmap with two areas focusing on our own operations and our supply chain, and two on our customers:
A Sustainable Sidel – we are targeting our scope 1 and 2 emissions to decrease GHG at our sites through measures such as reducing energy consumption for lighting, heating, cooling, improving building insulation and generating our own renewable energy.
Sustainable Lines & Sustainable Sourcing – we focus on reducing our scope 3 emissions by improving the energy efficiency of Sidel equipment when in operation at our customers’ sites through our product development plan. In sourcing, this involves creating a Low-Carbon Purchasing Policy and setting reduction targets for our suppliers.
Eco Services – we proactively work with our customers to help them reduce their energy consumption and GHG emissions. We provide 'eco' options and upgrades of our customers’ lines to make them more sustainable, rPET related services to help them increase the amount of recycled content in their containers, and tethered caps to adhere to the upcoming legislation. As an example, the ecological upgrades we provided to customers in 2022 on blowers alone are estimated to have saved up to 4,200 tonnes of CO2 We also offer virtual remote assistance capabilities and the 3D printing of spare parts to reduce the carbon footprint of our services operations and digital services, such as Evo-On Eco, which we launched in 2022.
Sustainable Packaging – we focus on reducing, recycling, reusing, replacing and reinventing – to also serve the circularity targets of our customers and their scope 3 emissions. This involves providing more sustainable packaging solutions, such as new packaging formats or developing new distribution models.