Munich, Germany, January 27, 2021: The certificate shows European and North American retailers’ and growers’ commitment to environmental protection and sustainability. IFCO, the world’s leading provider of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) for fresh food, is awarding its annual Sustainability Certificate in Europe and North America for the fourth year in a row, acknowledging the sustainability efforts of retailers and growers. IFCO is a pioneer in driving supply chain sustainability with its business model based on the concept of circular economy, enabling more than 551,000 tons of CO2 emission savings by using IFCO RPCs in 2020.
This makes IFCO one of the most sustainable logistics and packaging companies worldwide. Therefore, being acknowledged by IFCO shows companies’ commitment towards environmental protection and together making supply chains more sustainable. IFCO introduced its sustainability certification initiative in September 2018, when retailer customers in Europe and North America were acknowledged for the first time for their sustainability efforts in 2017.
Customers’ attention towards environmental and climate protection has been steadily increasing over the past years, resulting in a strong focus on sustainable products and business practices. Valuing the increased demand for environmentally friendly products and processes helps retailers and growers to stand out from the competition and to increase their customers’ loyalty. Therefore, IFCO presents its Sustainability Certificate as evidence of their environmental commitment. As not only customers but also company shareholders are increasingly paying attention to corporate sustainability goals, holding IFCO’s Sustainability Certificate is a clear demonstration of environmentally friendly behavior to customers and shareholders alike.
"Many retailers and growers are working hard to make their supply chains more sustainable and to reduce their environmental footprint. To honor these great efforts and to provide reliable evidence of all the measures taken to customers and shareholders, we are presenting our Sustainability Certificate to companies in the retail and grower industry. The certificate shows that the certificate holders are taking clear measures to make supply chains more sustainable and to protect the environment. Being able to show this commitment to customers and business partners is a decisive factor for business success", explains Michael Pooley, CEO at IFCO SYSTEMS.
As the use of RPCs makes a meaningful contribution to environmental protection, IFCO shares these achievements with its customers by presenting the Sustainability Certificate to them since 2018 for their efforts in the year before. Each retailer and grower customer will receive a certificate highlighting the amount of carbon dioxide, water, energy, solid waste, and food waste avoided by utilizing IFCO RPCs in its supply chain. These savings are based on IFCO’s energy and resource savings estimate. 123
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IFCO is constantly monitoring the environmental benefits generated by its logistics concept, the IFCO SmartCycle™, which is based on the principle of "share and reuse" and thus reduces the ecological footprint of companies’ supply chains. In 2020, IFCO customers saved between 17 and 20 percent more water, energy, CO2 emissions as well as solid and product waste than in 2017, the first year the certificate was presented to retailers. That is possible because all IFCO RPCs are reused between 30 and 120 times during their lifetime, and at every cycle are put through a rigorous cleaning and inspection process before being delivered for the next cycle. Damaged RPCs that cannot be repaired are 100% recycled and used for the production of new IFCO RPCs. Several studies have proven that the use of RPCs leads to savings in terms of CO2 (up to 60%), energy (64%), water (80%), solid waste (up to 86%), and food product damage (up to 96%), when compared with single-use packaging
In Europe and North America, IFCO business enabled the following savings in 2020: