United Caps shares strong sustainability message

United Caps, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, reported that all of its European plants are now operating with 100% renewable energy as a result of a 10-year Corporate Power Purchase agreement for the energy produced at Renantis’ Åliden wind farm, which has been operating in Sweden since 2019.

10 May 2023 | By Disha Chakraborty

This United Caps site, located at Dinnington, now operates 100% with Green electricity generated by wind power.

“At United Caps, we are committed to leaving the world better than we found it,” said CEO Benoit Henckes. The company will be showing innovations that fall into the sustainability category. These include: tethered closures, including the new 23 H-PAK for carton packaging which include an innovative tamper-evident (TE) band that keeps all parts intact for easier recycling. Secondly, the Mimica Bump Cap, an intelligent freshness indicator cap designed to reduce food waste and change the way people think about how they can actively fight food waste. The Bump Cap makes it easy to determine if food has begun to degrade. Not only is reducing food waste important for the planet, but this alone also reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

These are ISCC Plus certified closures where bio-based or recycled resin is used. ISCC PLUS is a sustainability certification program for bio-based and recycled raw materials. In addition, United Caps will be demonstrating a range of weight reduction techniques at the show, ranging from enabling smaller neck finishes to MuCell plastic reduction techniques.

“Achieving operations in our European plants with 100% renewable energy is just one part of the strategy. We also aim to make as many of our caps as possible from renewable or recycled plastic, and are operating with a happy, secure workforce delighted to be part of a carbon neutral company. These are high aims, and we are thrilled at the progress we are making, both to reduce our carbon footprint and that of our customers. At Interpack, we look forward to discussing these achievements with visitors to our stand and looking for ways to help them achieve their sustainability goals as well,” said Benoit Henckes.

Henckes notes that the company’s sustainability strategy targeted achievement of 100% green power by 2026, and the company is operating ahead of its objectives at this point. “There is still more work to be done and we are tackling those objectives as well with enthusiasm, expertise and the outstanding work of our R&D team. This has helped us in our overall sustainability objectives as well. In 2020 in Europe, we had 156,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions across Scope 1 and 2; we reduced that to 138,832 tonnes in 2021, representing a year-over-year reduction of 11.3%,” he added.

 At United Caps, we continue to reduce our carbon footprint through both Scope 1 and Scope 2 activities,
including our operations and the products we manufacture.

 

 United Caps has developed a range of tethered closures in compliance with the EU Directive on Single Use Plastics,
 as well as a unique tethered cap for carton

 

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