Climate change | Net zero by 2050 | Smurfit Kappa

Climate Change


Minimising energy use and moving from fossil fuels to renewable sources, including biomass, are core elements of our Climate Change strategy aimed at reducing our emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, reaching at least net zero by 2050.

Mitigating Climate Change is the most pressing issue of our time and our strategy is to reduce COemissions throughout our value chain. Our drive for energy efficiency reduces climate impact and lowers cost. 

Our carbon reduction targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as consistent with levels required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

We align our Climate Change strategy with the UN SDGs: 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), and 13 (Climate Action). Our focus is on increasing our own low-carbon and energy efficient production systems, increasing our use of renewable fuels, lowering customer carbon footprints and decreasing CO2 emissions in our supply chain.

Reducing emissions

There are four parts to our CO2 reduction programme: 

Investing in Fossil CO2 Reductions

  • Shifting to low or zero carbon fuels including CO2 neutral energy sources:

- Use of biofuels and Electrification.

  • Research and development into new and emerging technologies with controlled trials:

- Green hydrogen, geothermal and heat pump technology.

Greening of Electricity Supply

Reducing Energy Use

  • Investing in technologies that reduce energy consumption; and
  • Re-engineering our processes and implementing smart energy-efficient solutions.

Investing in Efficient Energy-generation

  • Investing in highly efficient Combined Heat and Power ('CHP’) Systems; and
  • Improving the efficiency of our existing boilers.

Using our suite of tools including Paper to Box and Pack Expert, we work with customers to determine the carbon footprint of their packaging and develop smart solutions that can significantly cut their emissions. We help them avoid product waste, minimise over-specified packaging and increase recycling. 

Our Targets

  • To reduce CO2 emission by 55% by 2030, in comparison to the 2005 baseline.
  • To reach at least net zero emissions by 2050.

Progress Made

  • 43.7% CO2 emission reduction since 2005.

Our net zero transition plan

Our long-term ambition, third party validated targets and continued action today have us well positioned to deliver on our commitments.

View our net zero plan

journey to net zero