Transitioning towards zero carbon production, circular packaging and restoration of natural habitats.
CO2 neutrality for the entire life cycle and
SBTi target -42% 2030
10 commitments to become circular
100% of our sites (8) are biodiversity positive
Since 2020 Spadel and its products are 100% carbon neutral, this means over the entire value chain (scope 1, 2 and 3). We apply Science Based Targets to further reduce our emissions, this means achieving an absolute 15% reduction in 2025 and 42% by 2030 (baseline 2015). In 2021 we were at 6% reduction. KPI on track.
Starting from a 2018 baseline (26 g/l) we already achieved our target 2022 (24,7) in 2021 (24,1). See below for progress on other packaging commitments.
We commit to be biodiversity positive for all Spadel sites (8) according to the Biodiversity Footprint Methodology (BFM) by 2025. In 2021 Spa Monopole achieved this goal, for which it was awarded the Belgian Business Award for the Environment in the "Business & Biodiversity" category by the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium. KPI on track.
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Our progress 2021: Following the revision of the C2C guidelines in 2021 the original commitment is no longer valid.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 enables us to assess the entire environmental impact of our packaging and integrates circularity, purity and consumer uptake into the design 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 2021: 9.8%. Progress on this objective is heavily impacted by the COVID pandemic and resulting Horeca lockdown, which put innovative projects on hold.
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 2021: 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.
Our progress 2021: Good progress, with a reduction of 7.5% (g/L) 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 2021: 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 2021: All our packaging material is recyclable. All our materials taken into account we are at 24,8% recycled material.
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 2021: The Netherlands implemented a national deposit system in Q2 ’21. Also in Belgium, France and Bulgaria, Spadel is in favour of systems to boost collection rates and discussions are ongoing with partners how to best achieve this ambition.
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 2021: 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 2021: All brands have integrated the recycling message in all markets in the different marketing channels.
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 2021: 100% partnerships are up and running: The SeaCleaners on a global level, with Spa and Stoumont in Belgium, IVN Natuureducatie in the Netherlands, the “Comcom de Ribeauvillé et Thann Cernay” in France and the partnership with Ecopack and Bcause in Bulgaria.
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