Berry Global Group Inc. is upping the company's commitment to cut a category of greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2025.
The Evansville, Ind.-based plastic packaging maker already has surpassed a previous goal of cutting Scope 3 GHG emissions by 8 percent four years ahead of schedule. Berry is using 2019 as a baseline year to measure reductions.
GHG emissions are measured in three different categories or scopes. Scope 1 involves direct emissions and Scope 2 covers indirect emissions from electricity, steam, heating and cooling used by the company. Scope 3 involves all other indirect emissions associated with the company. There are a wide variety of Scope 3 emissions, but some categories include transportation, distribution, use of products, business travel and end-of-life treatment of products.
"As sustainability rightfully becomes more of a priority for our customers, reducing supply chain emissions is critical to helping them achieve their climate goals," Chief Strategy Officer Tarun Manroa said in a statement. "This new target reinforces our alignment with a net zero economy and providing solutions for our customers' sustainability commitments."
Work on reducing Scope 3 emissions is aligned with existing Scope 1 and Scope 2 reduction commitments, Berry said. Emissions reductions are validated by the Science Based Targets initiative. SBTi, a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Initiative and World Wildlife Fund, independently assesses emission reduction efforts.