Tetra Pak Binh Duong awarded the world’s most-demanding LEED Version 4 Gold certification

15:28 | 12/06/2020 Companies

Vietnam’s first-ever aseptic carton packaging material factory built by Tetra Pak, the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions provider, has been awarded LEED Version 4 Gold certifications.  

“Sustainability has always been a cornerstone of our strategy and our business as well as our culture,” said Magnus Jonsson, director of Tetra Pak’s Binh Duong factory. “Tetra Pak Binh Duong is the first packaging production factory in Vietnam to achieve the latest and most-demanding LEED Version 4 Gold Certification. This truly showcases our commitment to sustainability, staying true to our brand promise: Protects What’s Good.”

tetra pak binh duong awarded the worlds most demanding leed version 4 gold certification
Tetra Pak Binh Duong is the first packaging production factory in Vietnam to achieve the latest and most-demanding LEED Version 4 Gold Certification

The factory’s production, office, support and warehouse buildings meet all the requirements of the LEED certification. Thanks to the application of LEED’s latest green standards – Gold Version 4, Tetra Pak’s Binh Duong factory achieves various sustainable highlights, including: Covering 34.6ha of the factory area with 31 different plant and tree types that help raise oxygen concentration at the factory by 4 times, creating a healthy working environment for staff and increasing productivity; Saving 17.6 million litres of water per year; Recycling or salvaging 65% of generated construction waste; Decreasing 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to 200 flights around the world; Over 70% of indoor products meet strict requirements for volatile organic compound emissions and achieve strict air quality standards for 37 compounds. Formaldehyde levels are 66% less than World Health Organization standards.

Tetra Pak Binh Duong’s success in adhering to the latest LEED Gold Certification standards has enabled it to mitigate harmful impacts on the environment and improve living quality. Vietnamese consumers’ use of Tetra Pak’s paper boxes means a sustainable choice that contributes to environmental protection.

Built at the end of 2017 and officially put into operation in July 2019, the 120-million-Euro factory covering 100,000 square meters in Vietnam-Singapore II-A Industrial Park in Binh Duong province is capable of producing up to 20 billion carton packages per annum. With more than 200 local skilled workers, Tetra Pak Binh Duong produces aseptic cartons for the domestic market and for export to ASEAN countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Along with applying LEED’s standards, Tetra Pak Binh Duong has also implemented many other international standards for safety, quality, and environmental protection such as ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO4500 and more, aiming at the highest standards for the environment. At present, almost 100% of the company’s beverage cartons have been produced from replanted forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Sustainability is an integral part of Tetra Pak’s business in Vietnam. As a flagship company in the food industry, Tetra Pak sees it responsibility to drive the food industry’s sustainability agenda.

The past twelve years has also seen Tetra Pak’s close collaboration with its partners to develop initiatives to collect and recycle used cartons in Vietnam. In particular, Tetra Pak plans to expand the carton packaging collection campaign of School Recycling to 1,200 kindergartens and primary schools in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city. The program is expected to instill the habit of categorizing used cartons for both schoolchildren and the public.

The company is also actively engaged with community organizations to establish and expand the chain of public drop-off stations so that consumers can bring their used cartons for collecting and recycling. Tetra Pak currently holds a network of nearly 30 drop-off stations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

tetra pak binh duong awarded the worlds most demanding leed version 4 gold certification
Thanks to the application of LEED’s latest green standards – Gold Version 4, the factory can decrease 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions/year

By end of November 2019, Tetra Pak is collaborating with LOTTE Mart and NHC to launch the Carton House campaign in LOTTE Marts in Nam Sai Gon. The carton houses are made from recycled cartons and serves as a destination for consumers to bring their used cartons for collecting and recycling.

Under the driving ambition that all packaging materials put into the market by Tetra Pak will be collected for recycling by 2030, the Company aligned with other eleven leading food & beverage and packaging businesses to establish Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam (PRO) to promote the package collecting and recycling in Vietnam.

As a recognition of its efforts in driving sustainability in Vietnam, Tetra Pak was granted Top 10 sustainable companies in Vietnam’s manufacturing sector in 2019. The prestigious award is part of the annual program on benchmarking and announcing sustainable companies in Vietnam co-organized by Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, Vietnam General Confederation of Labor since 2016.

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