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  • 28 Sep 2021

RAFNXT+ receives CarbonNeutral certification

UPM Raflatac claims that its RAFNXT+ has become the world’s first carbon-neutral label material certified as a CarbonNeutral product by Natural Capital Partners

UPM Raflatac claims that its RAFNXT+ has become the world’s first carbon-neutral label material certified as a CarbonNeutral product by Natural Capital Partners. RAFNXT+ was also the world’s first label material verified by The Carbon Trust in 2019.

As a part of its climate approach, UPM Raflatac is continuing to reduce its emissions and emissions from raw materials and transportation. The positive climate action of choosing RAFNXT+ instead of a standard labeling material is verified by The Carbon Trust, including the smarter use of raw materials, which reduces pressure on forests and increases the capacity to improve mitigation of climate change.

‘The recent IPCC climate report showed that the time to act is now. There is more than a 50 percent chance that global warming will exceed 1.5 °C in the early 2030s. Consumer brands have set ambitious climate targets, and they are looking for tangible solutions to take positive action in a credible manner. Product packaging plays an important role here, and we can help our clients make a difference in the battle against climate change,’ said Robert Taylor, sustainability director at UPM Raflatac.

Taking a step further from reducing the label material's carbon footprint, UPM Raflatac is now taking immediate action to compensate for today’s unavoidable emissions. It helps its customers to make a smart choice by choosing CarbonNeutral certified options of selected RAFNXT+ labeling materials. The products’ cradle-to-customer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are compensated in full through global projects verified to internationally recognized standards, such as the Gold Standard.

The CarbonNeutral product certification is issued by Natural Capital Partners in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol. This leading global framework provides a robust and pragmatic blueprint for carbon neutrality.

The projects UPM Raflatac has chosen to offset emissions, deliver verified GHG emission reductions, and bring additional benefits, for example, by supporting local communities. The selected projects include providing a cleaner cooking environment to communities in China and Bangladesh, improved water infrastructure in Africa, and grassland conservation in the United States.

‘Our CarbonNeutral certification enables our clients to achieve carbon neutrality in a robust, credible, and transparent way. This certification complements and builds upon the wider climate action taken by UPM Raflatac to reduce the carbon footprint of their product. We are pleased to work with UPM Raflatac, helping them to support their clients to have an impact on global emissions with the product choices they make,’ concluded Natalie Taylor, director of client solutions at Natural Capital Partners.

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