UPM Raflatac RAFNXT+ is the world’s first CarbonNeutral® certified label material

In 2019, UPM Raflatac announced that RAFNXT+ was the world’s first label material verified by The Carbon Trust to reduce its carbon footprint and help mitigate climate change. Now, UPM Raflatac takes a step further in providing its customers with more sustainable solutions in labeling and introduces its RAFNXT+, the world’s first CarbonNeutral® label material certified as a CarbonNeutral® product by Natural Capital Partners.

“The recent IPCC climate report showed that the time to act is now. There is more than a 50% chance that global warming will exceed 1.5 °C in early 2030s. Consumer brands have set ambitious climate targets, and they are looking for tangible solutions to take positive action in a credible manner. Product packaging plays an important role here, and we can help our clients make a difference in the battle against climate change,” says Robert Taylor, Sustainability Director at UPM Raflatac.

As a part of its climate approach, UPM Raflatac is continuing reducing its own emissions as well as emissions from raw materials and transportation. The positive climate action of choosing RAFNXT+ instead of a standard labeling material is verified by The Carbon Trust, including the smarter use of raw materials which reduces pressure on forests and increases the capacity to improve mitigation of climate change.

Taking a step further from reducing the label material’s carbon footprint, UPM Raflatac is now taking immediate action to compensate for today’s unavoidable emissions. As a first in the labeling industry, UPM Raflatac helps its customers to make a smart choice by choosing CarbonNeutral® certified options of selected RAFNXT+ labeling materials. The products’ cradle-to-customer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are compensated in full through global projects that are verified to internationally recognized standards, such as the Gold Standard.

The CarbonNeutral product certification is issued by Natural Capital Partners in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol. This leading global framework provides a robust and pragmatic blueprint for carbon neutrality.

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