Trivium issues first sustainability report and new circular economy initiative

Trivium Packaging has released its first environmental report, outlining how it sought to place sustainability at the core of its business in 2020 despite “a year of unparalleled disruption”.

The Amsterdam-headquartered canmaker also launched a Circularity Champion strategy, in which it hopes a three-point focus on customers, the planet and people, will help it promote the benefits of a circular economy across the metal packaging industry.

“At Trivium, we have a unique opportunity to make a difference in the world through our packaging solutions,” said chief executive Michael Mapes of the company’s sustainability goals. 

“Everyone at Trivium feels that we have an obligation to take a leading role in sustainability and to do our part in making the world a better place by offering the most sustainable packaging solutions we can.”

Trivium pinpointed its sustainability achievements in the past year, including the Leadership class rating A- awarded by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) last January for climate change mitigation measures and water security.

In April, it committed to the Paris Climate Agreement’s Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi), which aims to limit global warming to 1.5 C degrees. The canmaker says it will reduce its carbon footprint by 30 per cent and water consumption by 10 per cent this year compared to 2020 levels.

Earlier this month, it joined the United Nations’ corporate social responsibility programme, the Global Compact Initiative (UNGC).

The report also highlighted the canmaker has worked with customers, consumers and stakeholders, including Tata Steel and Metal Packaging Europe, to raise awareness of the benefits of metal packaging and recycling.

Trivium also outlined a number of commitments to hire a more inclusive and diverse workforce, reach a Total Recordable Accident Rate (TRAR) of 0.85 and carry out at least one local community event per plant per year.

Since its formation in 2019, Trivium has made sustainability a key focus of its operations. The company was born from the merger of US-based Exal Corporation’s aluminium aerosol and bottle container operations and Ardagh’s food and speciality can business. 

The canmaker operates in 21 countries and in 2020 had net sales of $2.7 billion.