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Science-based targets for climate protection confirmed

12/09/2023 | 2 min read
Diana Strasser

In 2022, Greiner caused emissions of 2.8 million tons of CO2 worldwide. This corresponds to the annual emissions of 339,087 Europeans. Greiner Packaging was responsible for 1.1 million tons of this amount. Following, the impact that the company can make in terms of contributing to limiting global warming is large. Greiner and its divisions have now taken a major step in this direction by having their Science Based Targets confirmed. The Science Based Targets initiative is a global initiative that has committed itself to developing methods and criteria for effective climate protection in companies and validating their set reduction targets on a scientific basis. The prerequisite for being validated as an SBTi target is that it significantly contributes to the fulfillment of the Paris Climate Agreement and thus to limiting global warming. Together with Greiner, companies that meet these high requirements take on an absolute pioneering role and underscore their ambitions for climate protection. 

The Greiner goals: 

  • Greiner AG commits to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 60% by 2030 from a 2021 base year. 

  • Greiner AG also commits to reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions from fuel and energy related activities, upstream transportation and distribution, downstream transportation and distribution, and end-of-life treatment of sold products 25% within the same time frame. 

  • Greiner AG further commits that 80% of its suppliers by emissions covering purchased goods and services, will have science-based targets by 2027. 

Greiner wants to achieve these goals through a wide variety of measures. One lever is to further increase the use of renewable electricity. In 2022, Austrian Greiner facilities already sourced 100 of its electricity from renewable sources; worldwide this figure was 58 percent. Four percent of Austria's electricity also came from a total of eight PV plants of its own. The global share of self-generated renewable electricity was 0.19 percent in 2022 and is expected to rise to 2.5 percent by 2030. In addition to a focus on renewable electricity, Greiner Packaging aims to considerably reduce emissions in the materials used for packaging production. On the one hand, the recycling share in packaging is to be increased even further in the future. At the same time, the company will make sure to continuously improve the recyclability of its packaging. In addition, Greiner Packaging wants to contribute to the fact that more and more companies are committing to scientifically based climate targets through intensive exchange with its suppliers. 

„We are very proud to be one of the companies that have managed to publicly and, above all, transparently commit to climate protection with ambitious and validated science-based targets. Now it's a matter of bringing our targets to life in our daily activities - targets are important, action even more so. From purchasing, to our technical experts, innovation and design colleagues, truly every employee in our company makes a contribution to achieving our SBTs. This unites us internally, but also with other companies around the world who are as committed to climate protection as we are.

Beatrix Praeceptor, CEO of Greiner Packaging

Scope 1, 2 & 3 

Encompass sources that fall under the direct responsibility or control of companies – such as process emissions or fuel consumption. 

Encompass electricity, heating or refrigeration – purchased energy associated with indirect emissions outside the company. 

The emissions arising from the upstream and downstream value chain 

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