Minimize product impacts
- Lightweight products
- Design 100% of packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable
- Increase recycled content
- Encourage the development of renewable materials
Minimize operational impacts
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2025 versus our 2016 baseline*
- Reduce landfill waste
5% per year*
- Reduce energy and water consumption 1% per year*
Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS)
- Prevent resin loss through OCS
- Implement OCS at acquisition sites within the first year
Maximize positive impacts by engaging partners on key issues
End Plastic Waste
- Expand and modernize waste infrastructure to increase recovery and prevent loss of plastic to the environment
- Engage the plastics industry on OCS
Limit Global Warming
- Increase renewable energy
- Expand the use of plastic in place of alternative materials
- Promote science-based targets
How are we actively working to conserve energy consumption?
One example is our Berry Unplugged Program. Through this program, we share best practices and educate sites on ways to improve energy efficiency, thereby reducing energy intensity. Sites implement energy reduction projects ranging from simple lighting projects to significant capital investments.
Life Cycle Thinking
Not only are we concerned about our direct waste, we are also concerned about the entire life cycle of our products. At Berry, we support the research and development of practical and economical end‐of‐life scenarios for our products, such as recycling, that prevent them from accumulating in landfills or the natural environment as litter or marine debris.
Manufacturing is energy intensive. Furthermore, plastics, is primary raw material, are typically derived from energy sources such as natural gas. Energy is a critical part of everything we do.
As our facility footprint continues to grow and as we increase automation in our facilities, we are cognizant of the fact that our energy usage will grow as well. To maximize our energy efficiency, we:
- Identify, share, and translate utilities best practices across our Company
- Systematically replace energy intensive processes with energy efficient processes
- Train our employees to identify electrical, gas, and water waste
- Implement ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems compliant processes to reduce energy intensity
Water is one of our most critical natural resources as well as a resource that is becoming more scarce. In order to better understand our water impact, we used the World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas to analyze water risk (including Physical Quantity, Physical Quality, and Regulatory & Reputational risks) for each of our manufacturing sites. The water risk for each site was communicated across the Company to help each site better understand their impacts and prioritize the importance of projects to reduce water consumption, especially in higher risk geographies.
We acknowledge the importance of knowing and mitigating our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which is why we track both our Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions. Our GHG inventory was initially verified for method and accuracy by the EPA as part of the Climate Leaders program.
Electricity represents the vast majority of our Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions, followed by natural gas. We will, therefore, drive GHG emissions reductions through our efforts to improve energy efficiency. We also support renewable energy as an important method to reduce GHG emissions. To understand the scale of our other energy sources, please refer to our GRI Index.
Although we focus on near‐term reduction goals, we have a long‐term vision to be “Best in Class” both in terms of our waste generation as well as our waste intensity (pounds landfill waste per pound processed) as part of our efforts to achieve Operational Excellence.
Maximizing Product Recyclability
We believe it is important to design packaging for recyclability. We evaluate the packaging we manufacture for recyclability based on the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability as well as recycling access to maximize the recyclability of our packaging. Click below to learn more about our partnerships that are working towards increasing both recycling access and recycling rates.
In accordance with our waste management hierarchy, we strive to minimize waste generation. For any waste that is generated, we aim to recover it in the most environmentally preferred manner, which typically also retains the highest economic value.