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Net zero targets
We want to make sure that all our activities – including those of our suppliers and customers – contribute to making step changes in the fight on climate change.
We endeavor to raise awareness and educate our end-to-end value chain on the need to achieve net zero and to take them with us on this important journey.
Measuring and managing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of complex global supply chains is no easy task, but we are determined to get it right. In 2022, under our new management, we have committed to Science-Based Targets (SBTi). From now on, our performance and progress can be scientifically tracked and compared to others.
The lowest carbon-footprint drink
Made from plants, teas and herbals are minimally processed during production compared to most other internationally sourced drinks. France’s environmental agency Ademe calculated that tea is the beverage with the lowest carbon footprint after tap water and ten times less than the runner-up, bottled water. This is because teas and herbals are merely dried, not roasted like coffee and cocoa. And once dried, they are nice and light, unlike bottled drinks, so transporting them requires little energy.
At LIPTON Teas and Infusions, we have no intention to rest on the green laurels of our business. While we still await the results of the in-depth SBTi analysis to establish a detailed roadmap and timeline, we aim to reach net zero emissions as soon as possible.
The work has already started. Five of our eight processing and packing plants are carbon neutral. On our East African tea estates, we are minimizing emissions from farming (our largest GHG contributor) thanks to precision agriculture. We have one of the largest organic certified tea gardens in the world as of May 2022 and 98% of the energy for our Kenyan operations comes from renewable sources.
carbon neutral factories (out of 8)
of the energy for our Kenyan operations from renewable sources
waste to landfill
Towards zero waste
LIPTON Teas and Infusions’ operations already send zero waste to landfill. And by 2025, all our packaging will be recyclable, compostable or reusable.
Still, we need to ensure, from country to country, that our packaging does not become waste and is truly reused, recycled or composted. We collaborate with peers, public authorities and specialized players to develop composting (at home and/or industrial) and recycling infrastructures.
Our teabags – while already perfectly safe and free of microplastics in your cup of tea – will be 100% plant-based by 2025 to ensure they are fully compostable via organic or food waste bins. We passed the 75% mark in 2022, with Europe leading the way at 100%.