Packaging – Part of the Sustainability Solution at BillerudKorsnäs

Packaging – Part of the Sustainability Solution at BillerudKorsnäs

Ulrika Mann

Ulrika Mann,

Declared the sustainability leader of the containers and packaging category, and named one of the 10% most sustainable companies in the world in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, BillerudKorsnäs knows that successful climate work isn’t a one-man show. It requires reaching out beyond company walls, according to Olle Steffner, Director IP Management at BillerudKorsnäs.

In 2018, as one of the forerunners in the global packaging industry, BillerudKorsnäs received approval for its climate goals by the Science Based Targets initiative. On its mission to challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future, BillerudKorsnäs involves the whole value chain. 

“We realized that when we feed our products downstream, it’s going into packaging that isn’t always efficient,” says Olle Steffner. “We needed to look beyond our operations and products into the whole value chain.”

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Change is driven by targeting global challenges together with customers and partners. And the eco-system is rapidly waking up; there’s been a clear shift from traditional cost perspective to a sustainability focus where brand owners now approach BillerudKorsnäs. 

Circularity is the Guiding Light
Above all, circularity a necessity to fight climate change. During the Snapshot Breakfast: Efficiency for Good, Olle Steffner explained that the company focuses on three areas in its sustainability work: littering (the visual sign of non-working circularity), food waste (roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year gets lost or wasted which calls for improvements in the value chain), and climate measures. 

Here, forestry plays a key role to combat climate change: a managed forest is an effective way to capture carbon. Forests must be utilized sustainably, and wood, biofuel and other forest products should replace fossil-based alternatives. BillerudKorsnäs’ own renewable bio-energy accounts for nearly 97% of its fuel use in production.

No Contradiction: Sustainability and Growth
Global trends are shifting in BillerudKorsnäs favor; the growing debate about fossil-based plastics, resource efficiency and recycling set out a new direction where packaging can become part of the sustainability solution. With sustainability as an integral part of the business model, BillerudKorsnäs not only benefit the planet, but also drive profitable growth and long-term value creation.

An important part here is to move higher up in the customers’ value chains, by adding knowledge, services and solutions connected to efficiencies, innovations and sustainability. One example on an innovation in this field, is the award-winning D-Sack concept. It’s a sack that is dissolved in the mixing process, giving better performance, minimized waste, a healthier workplace and, not least, an improved climate performance, since it contributes to capture of CO2. 

“We’re determined to take on the climate challenge – both for the planet and for the business,” says Olle Steffner.