Transitioning towards zero carbon production, circular packaging and restoration of natural habitats.
CO2 neutrality for the entire life cycle
10 commitments to become circular
One local biodiversity program by country
We apply Science Based Targets to achieve an absolute 15% reduction in 2025 and 42% by 2030 (baseline 2015).
-7% plastic packaging Starting from a 2018 baseline (26 g/l) we already achieved our target 2022 (24,7) in 2020 (24,2)
6 programmes running
Projects in place in all markets, ranging from BeeOmonitoring, restoring peatland, to reintroducing lost species.
March 10, 2021
Spadel is fully aware of the impact of packaging on the environment and wants to play a leading role in shaping a positive future. 10 commitments centered around 4 key drivers aim to accelerate our transition towards a circular economy.
We will redesign our bottles following the Cradle to Cradle® (C2C) principles.
This provides the building framework for ‘healthy materials’ and eco-effectiveness, which is precisely what we want to achieve.
Our progress 2020: Following the revision of the C2C guidelines in 2021 the original commitment is no longer valid. Instead, we developed an Ecodesign tool. This internal tool will enable us to assess the entire environmental impact of our packaging.
We’re developing innovative business models and reusable formats that eliminate the need for single use packaging. In 2022, 15% of our volume sales will be based on reusable formats, increasing towards 20% by 2025.
As a baseline in 2019, 10% of our packaging is reusable, including glass bottles, crates and pallets. After use, they are cleaned and refilled. Reusable formats help prevent littering and save energy and materials
Our progress 2020: We are currently at 10%. This result is heavily impacted by Covid and the Horeca lockdown.
We strive to decouple the use of plastic materials from finite resources. Respecting our ambition towards carbon neutrality and recyclability, we will use and maximise renewable material in our packaging as first adopters when they become available under acceptable market conditions.
This means they must meet the necessary functional requirements, at an acceptable cost and represent a lower environmental footprint compared to non-renewable resources. Renewable plastics can be made from, for example, starch or other biomass materials that are naturally regenerated.
Our progress 2020: Technical watch on material availability and potential partnerships ongoing.
We will reduce the weight of our single use plastic footprint by 15% in the lead up by 2025. As an intermediate target, we’re aiming for a 5% reduction by 2022. In order to calculate our plastic footprint, we use the Plastic Disclosure Project guidelines as a reference framework.
The Plastic Disclosure Project is a global initiative to reduce the environmental impact of plastic waste. It provides guidelines to companies to report on and disclose their plastic footprint, similar to the carbon disclosure project. These guidelines will help us lower our use of raw materials and our environmental impact.
Our progress 2020: With a reduction of 7% we already achieved our intermediary target for 2022.
Spadel is committed to reducing its total CO2 emissions by 42% in 2030 compared to 2015. By 2050 we want to achieve zero net emissions. The international Science Based Targets Initiative provides us with the framework for defining our carbon reduction targets, allowing us to play our part in the global journey to stabilise climate change up to 1,5°C.
The aim is to achieve zero net emissions by 2050. Our plants have been carbon neutral since 2015, now we work to extend this across our entire supply chain, including packaging. We are on track to reaching our target for 2020. Additionally, we’ll reduce our total Product Environmental Footprint by 60% in 2030, versus 2015.
Our progress 2020: We achieved our carbon neutrality in 2020. Reduction plan in progress based on Science Based Targets. See also ‘Climate’ pillar.
All of our packaging materials will be 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025. It will also contain 100% reused or recycled material by 2025. Taking into account that this is conditional on the quality of materials, we foresee to include at least 30% reused and recycled content in all packaging by 2022.
At present – taking all packaging, including films into account – at least 95% of our packaging is recyclable. We’re striving towards closing the loop by using recycled materials from the start, without compromising on quality, with the ultimate aim to stop using virgin materials altogether.
Our progress 2020: All our packaging material is recyclable. All our materials taken into account we are at 13,1% recycled material. Various initiatives across our brands will further increase the use of recycled material in 2021.
We will be collecting 100% of the packaging we bring onto the market by 2025.
As part of this engagement, we will start pilot projects with incentive schemes to reduce litter in out-of-home markets by 2022, with a view to scale up by 2025. We will be a partner to public authorities, customers and our sector to optimise collection, extended producer responsibility (EPR), including deposit return schemes (DRS).
Our progress 2020: The Netherlands will see the implementation of a national deposit system in Q2 ’21. Also in Belgium and France Spadel is in favour of systems to boost collection rates.
In order to use 100% recycled or reused materials by 2025, we are working with the recycling sector and other partners to innovate on recycling and improve the quality of recycled materials.
By 2022 we will initiate a quality assurance process in the recycling sector, including pilot projects with recycling companies and sector peers that share our ambition to improve and ensure high quality of recycled materials.
Our progress 2020: Ongoing discussions with partners on both current and new recycling techniques to be able to secure high quality material consistently.
By 2022 all our brands will carry a zero-litter message across all markets and channels, including packaging.
We cannot achieve the circular economy alone. We need our customers and consumers to help us collect our bottles and to avoid them ending up as litter. We will look at innovative ways to work together towards zero litter.
Our progress 2020: A recycling message is now present on Spa labels and films, we are now at 95%.
We develop strategic partnerships with organisations in each of our markets to prevent and combat litter on sea and on land.
There’s no denying the global challenges created by human consumption. And the plastic soup choking our rivers and oceans is perhaps the most concerning of all. We feel a strong sense of responsibility for the health of our planet and are aiming to develop partnerships at three levels. At the global level to help clean our oceans. At a national level to work with local organisations in each of our markets. And at the bottling sites level to aim for a pure, local environment.
Our progress 2020: 100% partnerships are up and running.
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