Reviewing its progress from 2016 to 2018, ALPLA claimed that it reduced energy consumption in relation to production volumes by 6.6 per cent, while consumption of fresh water in relation to material usage declined by 40 per cent. The company also exceeded its target for using recycled materials.
The company reduced its carbon footprint, albeit not as much as planned. “We experienced more growth than expected in countries with carbon-intensive electricity production,” explained Linda Mauksch, sustainability officer. “Global targets can only be achieved with efforts by all regions.”
ALPLA has 178 plants in 46 countries, and of these plants, 72 are ‘in-house’, meaning they are directly part of the customer’s operations. This approach reduces transport routes and carbon emissions. Many plants have planned and implemented their own sustainability projects. The sustainability report outlines successful examples of such projects in India, Brazil and Portugal.
Ambitious objectives for 2019 to 2022 include bringing three innovations to the market every year. In recent times, ALPLA has introduced bottles made entirely from recyclate, home-compostable coffee capsules, and an HDPE bottle that is up to 60 per cent lighter than standard bottles.
ALPLA has committed to manufacturing 100 per cent recyclable products by 2025 and expanding its recycling activities. The volume of processed post-consumer recycled materials should rise to 25 per cent of total material usage by this time.