Kaufland Romania receives a certificate confirming the achieved reduction of its carbon footprint thanks to using the Euro Pool System. In 2020, the company managed to generate 3,389 fewer tons of CO2.
This result follows Kaufland’s decision to introduce the use of EPS folding crates for transporting vegetables and fruits instead of disposable cardboard packaging.
The more than 3,000 tons of reduced CO2 emission is equivalent to planting a forest of 564 trees, which would generate enough oxygen for about 2,000 people.
Reducing its carbon footprint is key to protecting the climate, and Kaufland is committed to integrating sustainability into all its actions.
For this certificate, the 10,031,149 rotations of EPS crates were taken into account during 2020.
The calculation tool was developed by the Stiftung Initiative Mehrweg (SIM) in Germany, previously approved by the Fraunhofer IBP in Stuttgart. The foundation was established in 1996 in order to raise awareness of waste reduction in the retail industry.
The main objective of the study was to quantify and subsequently compare the greenhouse gas emissions of reusable foldable plastic containers and disposable cardboard packaging. To achieve this goal, the processes involved along the entire value chain of both systems were taken into account, based on their real transport performance.
Euro Pool System is the leading supplier of reusable packaging logistics in the European supply chain for fresh products. Reusable plastic crates have an average lifespan of over seven years and are a sustainable alternative to disposable packaging.
Kaufland is constantly involved in environmental protection actions and is committed to supporting and contributing to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) launched by the United Nations (UN), including terrestrial life, Climate Action and Responsible Consumption and Production.
Cover picture: kaufland.ro