Our operational eco-efficiency initiatives help reduce the negative impacts of our operations on the environment and the communities in which we operate. We focus on minimizing wastes disposed in landfills, increasingly procuring renewable energy sources, and reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions along our journey to net-zero.
Reducing waste to landfills
Many Aptar facilities are working toward ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and landfill-free certifications. These ISO standards address various aspects of environmental and energy management.
Our award-winning Landfill Free (LFF) certification, developed internally based on the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) protocol, requires facilities show, through third-party verification, that at least 90 percent of their operational wastes are reused or recycled. This internal program was one of the first established operational eco-efficiency programs, helping to improve our operations since 2013.
At year-end 2020, 53% of our Aptar facilities had achieved LFF certification and all Aptar sites achieved 77% disposal avoidance. By year-end 2021, more than 60% of Aptar manufacturing locations will be Landfill Free certified through our internal program. Additionally, through reduction, reuse and recycling, Aptar will achieve 80% disposal avoidance of operational wastes by year-end 2021.
Even as our business grows, our focus is still on reducing waste generated during production, minimizing the amount waste sent to landfills and increasing recycling and reuse at our manufacturing sites.
You can view our global progress toward ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and landfill free certification here.
Energy and Emissions Targets
Aptar has established science-based targets and is currently one of the many companies taking science-based climate action to keep global temperature increase to well-below 2° Celsius compared to pre-industrial temperatures by year 2030. Our energy and greenhouse gas emissions targets are now aligned with the latest climate science and the goals of the Paris Agreement. This formalized, science-based approach, incorporates Aptar’s own operations electricity, fuel oil, natural gas and refrigerant use (scope 1 + 2) and operations within the value chain including transportation of goods, raw materials, travel and commuting (scope 3).
Aptar’s targets approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative are:
- Aptar commits to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 28%by 2030 from a 2019 base year (well-below 2°C)
- Aptar commits to increase annual sourcing of renewable electricity from 57% of total consumption in 2019 to 100% by 2030.
- Aptar also commits to reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions 14% by 2030 from a 2019 base year (in-line with 2°C)
Setting this ambitious goal, not only helps to reduce Aptar’s environmental footprint and combat climate change, but also help our customers reach their own emissions reduction targets. We are committed to providing our customers with the best products and services and allowing for support of customer sustainability goals, is an example of how sustainability is integrated into our business strategy and value proposition.
To reach our Scope 3 target, we will collaborate with our value chain partners to make impact though the products and services we purchase from suppliers all the way through the life cycle of our product offerings. In addition, Aptar developed an ISO 14064 compliant energy management system to map global greenhouse gas emissions and ensure accurate carbon accounting.
We believe that 100 percent of Aptar locations should be powered by renewable electricity sources. We have a target to procure at least 65 percent of our electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2021 and are on track to meet this target.
Aptar has completed the climate questionnaire annually since 2008 and the water questionnaire since 2013. We currently respond to the climate change (including supply chain) and water questionnaires and our submissions are publicly available on the CDP website. We have seen steady improvements in our scores, and we are committed to maintaining our progress. A high level of transparency of our sustainability performance, including corporate and product carbon footprints is important to ensure our customers understand our commitments and how we contribute to their own sustainability targets. For the CDP Water questionnaire annual response, Aptar received a ‘B’ score in 2020.
Aptar is recognized on the 2020 CDP Climate A List for our actions to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and further the low-carbon economy, based on the data reported by the Company through CDP’s 2020 climate change questionnaire. Aptar is one of a small number of high-performing companies out of 5,800+ that were scored. Through significant demonstrable action on climate, Aptar is leading on corporate environmental ambition, action and transparency worldwide. Refer to our CDP Climate Change assessment for more details.
Additionally, for 2020, Aptar was recognized CDP as a Supplier Engagement leader for its initiatives in reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change across its supply chain.
Read Our Latest Sustainability Reports
2019 Sustainability Report and GRI Index
2018 Sustainability Report and GRI Index
2017 Sustainability Report and GRI Index
2016 Sustainability Report and GRI Index