Caps and closures manufacturer United Caps, headquartered in Luxembourg, is on course to reach its ambitious sustainability goals, the company told visitors to its stand at the drinktec show last week.
The company’s roadmap towards achieving a net zero carbon footprint and a more circular economy for plastics includes a 50% reduction by 2030, and net zero by 2050. As well, United Caps continues to pursue its aim to design and poduce ‘caps made from 100% renewable feedstocks or recycled plastic, using 100% green energy and made by a happy, secure workforce operating in a carbon neutral environment’.
“As we have stated in the past and continue to carry forward today, we are committed to leaving the world better than we found it. The same innovation that goes into making our products drives our work to tackle some of the packaging world’s most pressing challenges,” said CEO Benoit Henckes.
“Our sustainability plan encompasses four main pillars with specific actions in process for each. These include corporate governance, social responsibility, product responsibility and the environment. This is a UNITED all-of-company effort to which our highly talented team is applying full efforts, and those efforts are only continuing to intensify as we transition our operations to becoming an enthusiastic part of a truly circular economy for plastics.”
The plan launched in 2021 with the establishment of measures and processes to determine the company’s carbon emission rate and the impact of these emissions, creating a benchmark, the first step toward achieving carbon neutrality.
Now, in 2022, rigorous second-year measures using the GHG protocols are well underway. The GHG Protocol method is an effective solution for ranking CO2 emissions by source and for launching an active CO2 emissions reduction process. It is a worldwide recognized standard developed by a partnership of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
The company also emphasised its drive to earn ISCC certification for its various production locations. In preparation for the show, United Caps also launched a Sustainability microsite that included, among others, information about how sustainability is driving new product developments like UCTC Tethered Closures and Mimica Touchcaps, which feature a temperature-sensitive indicator for food freshness.
At the show, the company was showcasing its UCTC range of tethered closures alongside caps manufactured with ISCC+ certified resins. New advanced techniques to calculate the impact of choices made in cap selection were also on display.