“We want to ensure that every glass of beer we brew supports our communities and protects our environment for future generations.”
Beer giant Molson Coors has announced a set of new global packaging goals to reduce plastics in its packaging, aiming for 100% of its packaging to be reusable, recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025.
The company has also pledged that its UK and Ireland business will be removing plastic from its Carling and Coors Light packaging by April 2021, as part of new global packaging goals.
The brewer will remove the plastic film wrap from large multipacks by the end of March 2020, replacing the plastic wrap with 100% recyclable fully enclosed cartonboard, the firm announced. By the end of March 2021, it will remove plastic rings from Carling and Coors Light cans, switching to 100% recyclable cardboard sleeves.
Molson Coors is investing around £7.5 million over the next two years to implement the changes.
It is also strengthening its goals to drive down packaging emissions, use more recycled materials in its plastic packaging and improve recycling solutions in its key markets.
The new packaging goals have been announced as part of the release of Molson Coors’ annual sustainability report, Our Beer Print Report 2019, which also details its latest performance against its 2025 Our Beer Print sustainability goals and its recently approved science-based emission reduction targets, which align with the Paris Climate Agreement and have been verified by the Science Based Targets initiative.
Science-based targets offer a roadmap for companies to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a level of decarbonisation required to limit global temperature increase to well-below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial temperatures.
Molson Coors’ 2025 goal to lower absolute emissions by 50% within its direct operations was determined as ambitious enough to meet the requirements of the 1.5°C pathway – the latest and most aggressive recommendations set forth by the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
“As a global brewer with a strong family heritage, we have always taken seriously our responsibility to brew a more sustainable future,” Molson Coors CEO Mark Hunter, who has recently announced that he will be retiring from the business on 27 September, said. “Plastic waste poses a clear environmental challenge, and as a consumer-packaged goods company, we play an important role in helping to solve the global waste crisis.”
Commenting on the steps the UK and Ireland business is taking towards achieving the new packaging goals, Kristin Wolfe, Molson Coors UK & Ireland Legal and Corporate Affairs Director, said: “We recognise the challenge of single-use plastics and we’re committed to reducing its use throughout our supply chain.
“The pledge we’ve made today, both globally and with the local actions we’re taking in the UK & Ireland, will significantly reduce single-use plastics in our packaging, reinforcing our long-term commitment to brewing greener and working towards our 2025 sustainability goals.”
The beer giant’s packaging strategy outlines four main global goals, including making 100% of plastic packaging reusable, recyclable, compostable or biodegradable. It also includes a target to incorporate at least 30% recycled content in plastic packaging, improving recycling infrastructure and supporting a better recycling system for communities, government and industries and reducing carbon emissions from packaging by 26%.
Taken collectively, the company believes that these initiatives will help the company raise the bar on beer. “More than securing our business, we want to secure our planet,” said Hunter. “We want to ensure that every glass of beer we brew supports our communities and protects our environment for future generations.”