Biofuels offer a climate-positive solution that society cannot afford to ignore. Panu Routasalo explains how UPM is spearheading efforts to replace carbon-intensive fossil energy with plant power. Thirteen years ago Panu Routasalo was working as an engineer in oil production. Around the same time, UPM also stood at a watershed point in its history. Squeezed by digitalisation, forestry was branded a sunset industry and doomed to a rapid demise. Prematurely, it turns out. Today forestry is a thriving sunrise industry, with UPM leading the pack as an innovator of sustainable wood-based alternatives to oil-based products. Routasalo heads this pioneering work in his current role as UPM’s Vice President of Biofuels.
AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR), a global leader in dispensing, sealing and active packaging solutions, today released its 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report. The 2018 Sustainability Report highlights the robust sustainability initiatives that have been implemented across Aptar’s global operations.
As in previous reports, Aptar summarizes various milestones measured and achieved in three key areas of people, planet and product. The 2018 Sustainability Report is based on the Global Sustainability Reporting (GRI) Standards: Core Options, as released in October 2016. In preparing the report, Aptar obtained limited external assurance for absolute energy metrics, carbon emissions and renewable energy purchases. Aptar also responds to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Investor Climate Change, Supply Chain and Water questionnaires each year.
In 2018, the company publicly committed to Science-Based Targets and published five sustainability aspirations: People, Circular Economy, Solutions, Operations, and Suppliers & Partners. In addition to these aspirations, Aptar partnered with its internal Innovation Excellence function to create a dedicated Product Sustainability Team. This team is focused on increased usage of post-consumer recycled resin (PCR), additional opportunities for more sustainable resins and the recyclability of our products. Aptar’s 2019 aspirations, safety programs and community outreach initiatives are also featured in the report.
“I am proud of the progress we have made to reduce our environmental impact and further our position as a sustainability leader. The creation of our Product Sustainability Team and focus on Innovation Excellence, along with the partnerships we have formed with organizations such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the International Solid Waste Association will strengthen our capability to create high quality products while working toward the circular economy goal of designing out waste,” explained Stephan Tanda, President and CEO. “I look forward to sharing more of our sustainability success stories in 2019.”
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