Smurfit Kappa’s commitment to sustainability has been recognised once again by the FTSE4Good Index. The packaging leader was listed on the sustainability index for the fifth year in a row after distinguishing itself for its strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance. Created by the global index provider FTSE Russell, the FTSE4Good indices are used by a wide variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds and other products. To qualify once again, Smurfit Kappa was assessed on a rigorous set of FTSE4Good criteria which are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Click Read More below for additional information.
A common rallying cry for “going digital” is environmental sustainability—using less print and paper, the argument goes, saves resources—but rarely do those making the argument consider the very real environmental costs of digital technology.
In an article published recently on The Guardian’s Sustainability blog, Christopher Hodgson takes an in-depth look at the long-term environmental sustainability of digital technologies. “The overall carbon emissions from the digital ecosystem is significant,” he writes. “For example, global data centres are estimated to equate to 2% of global emissions, equal to the emissions from global aviation.” As Hodgson points out, this is with only about a quarter of the world’s population “online;” as that percentage increases, so will data center energy use.
The article also considers the “digital ecosystem” for online data and other digital media, and the factors driving energy use related to storing data. “Unlike the paper product—which, once produced, has a pretty fixed carbon footprint—a digital product is only ever part complete and its footprint is constantly influenced by many people: data center managers, cloud service providers, Internet service providers, digital developers, journalist and readers,” says Hodgson.