Resource scarcity and climate change

The United Nations[1]  warns that at current rates of global growth and consumption, the equivalent of three planet Earths will be required by 2050 to sustain current lifestyles. Asaleo Care recognises the importance in managing the use of energy and water resources in a responsible way as well as reducing emissions across our operations. In addition, we have established strict policies and procedures to minimise pollution from our sites.

As part of our response to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations we have reviewed the energy and emissions footprint of our ongoing business operations and set a greenhouse gas reduction target. Leading organisations are using Science-Based Target methodology to set their emissions reduction targets and we have applied the same tools.

Our target is a 28 per cent reduction in greenhouse gases (scope 1 and 2 )[2] by 2025 from a 2015 base year on an ongoing business operations basis[3]. This equates to an absolute emissions target of 26.6 kt CO2-e by end 2025.  The greenhouse gas footprint of our ongoing business operations is significantly smaller than in 2015 when the Australian Consumer Tissue business was included. In comparison, in 2015 our actual Company emissions were 226.9 kt CO2-e

In 2017, Asaleo Care set the benchmark for sustainable tissue manufacturing through the public release of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), for some of our Tork® and Purex® toilet tissue and hand towel products manufactured at Kawerau, New Zealand.  The EPDs were updated and extended to napkins in 2019. This involved a life cycle assessment of these products to identify sources of greater environmental stewardship, resource efficiency and potential financial benefits. The assessment highlighted efficiencies such as the high share of renewable energy of up to 78% embodied in the products. Impressively, this figure includes all energy used in the supply chain and manufacturing operations, all transport fuels and energy in waste treatment – in short, all energy through the full life of our products, from ‘cradle to grave’.

Read about the lifecycle of our Purex Products 

To learn more and see our KPIs, download the sustainability section of Annual Report 2019.

  

[1] United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), SDG 12 (2016), https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/12.pdf, accessed 16th December 2019.

 [2] Scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions are the emissions released to the atmosphere as a direct result of an activity, or series of activities at a facility level. Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions are the emissions released to the atmosphere from the indirect consumption of an energy commodity.

 [3] Following the sale of the Australian Consumer Tissue business, the greenhouse gas footprint of our ongoing business is significantly smaller.  In 2015 our reported actual Company emissions were 226.9 kt CO2-e.