Eco-Efficient Operations

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.

Eco-Efficient Operations

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 2021, more than 60% of Aptar manufacturing locations were Landfill Free certified through our internal program. Additionally, through reduction, reuse and recycling, Aptar achieved 80% disposal avoidance of operational wastes at year-end 2021.

Even as our business grows, our focus is still on reducing waste generated during productionminimizing 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 targetsWe 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, we annually undergo data assurance as part of our sustainability reporting. This assurance process allows for data on consumption of electricity, fuel oil, and natural gas, and renewable energy purchases to be verified for accuracy and completeness by an external organization. Globally this process is certified to the ISO 14064 standard for energy and greenhouse gas emission reporting.

We believe that 100 percent of Aptar locations should be powered by renewable electricity sources. In 2021, we surpassed our annual renewable energy target, sourcing more than 95% of our global electricity consumption from renewable sources.

Compared to our 2019 baseline, Aptar has made tremendous progress cutting emissions, and continues efforts to mitigate climate risks and further the low-carbon economy, as reported by the Company through global environmental non-profit CDP’s 2021 climate change questionnaire. 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. Through significant, demonstrable action on climate change, Aptar is leading on corporate environmental ambition, action, and transparency worldwide.

Read Our Latest Sustainability Reports

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2020 Sustainability Report and GRI Index

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2019 Sustainability Report and GRI Index

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