Ecolean, a producer of lightweight packaging, reports 92% reduction in its scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions since 2018; company's commitment to transport most products by land or sea contributed to 56% reduction of transport-related emissions in 2022

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July 3, 2023 (press release) –

During 2022, lightweight packaging producer Ecolean made important steps towards climate action and the Paris Agreement through its science-based targets. Since the base year of 2018, Ecolean has reduced its scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 92 percent, from already low levels.

“We already produce our packaging solutions with as little raw materials and energy as possible, and source 100 percent renewable electricity in all our production sites globally,” explains Anna Palminger, Chief Sustainability Director. “During 2022, we also reduced our transport-related carbon emissions by 56 percent compared to last year.

As its second-largest source of emissions, Ecolean’s transports account for 11 percent of its total footprint and by 2030, the company has committed to have all goods transported by either sea or land, completely phasing out air freight. In 2022, the 56 percent reduction in transport-related carbon emissions was the result of transporting 99.56 percent of all the company’s products by land or sea.

96 percent renewable energy globally

In 2022, Ecolean purchased all the electricity for all its production sites in Sweden, Pakistan and China from renewable sources for the third year in a row. This is significant as electricity accounted for 95 percent of the company’s total energy use during the year. Globally, the proportion of total renewable energy used in Ecolean’s lean operations – including biogas for production heating processes at Ecolean’s Helsingborg plant – remained at 96 percent.

“Drawing on renewable energy is an important part of our efforts to achieve our target to halve our scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared with 2018,” says Palminger.

Ambitious 2030 targets drive sustainability

Since Ecolean was founded, the idea of using minimal raw materials and saving nature’s resources has been incorporated throughout the company’s operations and is the basis for its unique packaging system. But only reducing the company’s impact is not enough when considering enormous global challenges such as climate change. Ecolean has committed to a series of 2030 targets to ensure that its sustainability ambitions are aligned with future societal needs and regulatory requirements.

The Sustainability Roadmap 2030 involves Ecolean switching raw material sources to more sustainable ones, using science-based targets to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, partnering to improve recycling infrastructure in all their markets, and promoting a fair, equal and inclusive workplace.

Read more in the Ecolean Sustainability Report 2022 and the Towards Balance site.


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Anna Palminger, Chief Sustainability Officer.


Marie Samuelsson, Chief Executive Officer.


Ecolean develops and manufactures innovative packaging systems for the beverage, dairy and liquid food industry. Ecolean’s lighter packaging system combines a low environmental footprint with high food safety credentials and consumer convenience. Ecolean was established in 1996 in Sweden, where the headquarters are still located. Ecolean has commercial activities in over 20 countries, with a strong focus on Asian markets. The largest markets are China, Pakistan and Vietnam. Ecolean has 500 employees.



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