Sonoco reveals environmental progress

Biomass cogeneration is a key part of the global packaging giant Sonoco’s sustainability drive.

The company, last week, outlined its progress against voluntary framework of principles and indicators that Sonoco uses to measure and report economic, environmental and social performance.

A key initiative for Sonoco continues to be the development of a new US $75 million biomass cogeneration system at its US manufacturing complex.

Jack Sanders, president and chief executive, said “Powered by wood wastes from regional logging activity, the new cogeneration system will produce low-cost energy and steam for our paperboard mills, replacing inefficient coal boilers.”

Sonoco recently christened a new Supplier Sustainability Awards program, recognizing vendors that demonstrate leadership in developing and measuring their environmental and corporate responsibility efforts.

And, in 2012, Sonoco Recycling reduced wastes from its U.S. packaging customers’ facilities by nearly 44,000 metric tons and helped seven customer plants achieve landfill-free status.

Other highlights from the report include:

• Normalised direct (Scope 1) green house gas emissions were reduced by 9.8% in 2012 from Company facilities as more natural gas was used to fuel its boilers.

• Sonoco Alcore, Sonoco’s European affiliate, and the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK opened a recycling facility at the Company’s Stainland, West Yorkshire, paperboard mill that is able to take up to 25,000 metric tons of UK paper cartons along with an estimated 3,000 metric tons of paper coffee cups from London’s Heathrow Airport, which will be converted into uncoated recycled paperboard.
• Landfill waste from Company facilities was reduced by nearly 12,000 metric tons in 2012.

• Thirty-one company plants reached landfill-free status by diverting 95% or more of waste from landfills.

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