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Austrian subsidiary Alpla and their Environmental Sustainability 

8. January 2018

As one of the world's leading companies in the plastic packaging industry, ALPLA is aware of the great responsibilities that come with the territory in regards to the future of the world. An important obligation of ALPLA is to create innovative means of allowing future generations to live and grow up in an intact environment. To live up to this responsibility, ALPLA pursues a resource-conserving policy in all areas and incorporates sustainability into its core strategy. 

Renewable energy is used wherever possible (photovoltaic, wind, water). Our production plants in Mexico, for example, are running on 65% wind energy. The global fresh water consumption of ALPLA could be reduced by 20% (base year 2011) due to the implementation of closed water cycle systems over the last years. Additionally, we report and collect data regarding our global energy and water consumption. The performance of ALPLA plants around the world is assessed, and individual action plans are developed by a team of experts to optimize a plant’s environmental performance. 

ALPLA believes in recycling even though economic conditions, depending on the fluctuating price of raw oil and the related price of new (virgin) PET, do not favor the recycling of plastics. Three recycling plants have been implemented in Austria, Poland, and Mexico. The recycled PET (rPET) produced in Austria has a carbon footprint of 0.45kg CO2-equivalent per kilogram. That results in approximately 80% less greenhouse gas emissions compared to virgin PET (2.15kg CO2-eq./kg).

ALPLA’s in-house operations are optimizing our delivery systems, but also save secondary packaging materials and CO2 emissions caused by transportation. Currently, 69 ALPLA in-house production plants are implemented around the world. 

The development of new packaging materials is a big opportunity to effectively reduce negative environmental impacts. ALPLA is already working with bio-based plastics made of plants, such as sugar cane (PlantBottle™), and has been involved in the development process of Synvina’s Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF), a plant-based material (mainly gained from food waste). 

As a family owned company, financial support of social and environmental projects is part of ALPLA’s philosophy. Some of the recently sponsored projects are: 
- The Ocean Cleanup initiative (reduction of marine litter)
- The Plant-for-the-Planet initiative (tree planting by children around the globe)
- The Social Innovation Academy (upcycling project in Uganda; houses and study rooms are built out of used plastic
- HELIOZ (water disinfection project in India; distribution of solar powered UV-measurement devices, which serve as      an indicator for the process of solar water disinfection in transparent PET bottles)

ALPLA produces a variety of sustainable products for different customers. An overview of our best practice products is provided below. Environmental Sustainability @ ALPLA 

Further information regarding ALPLA’s sustainability performance can be found on our homepage and in our most recent sustainability report. Please find the links below.