operations and purchased electricity by 30 percent. The switch to 100 percent renewable electricity for the Mills River facility is a major step toward meeting that target. The use of renewable electricity is a key compo- nent of UPM Raflatac’s Biofore Site program, which aims to improve the sustainability performance of the company’s manufacturing sites. The program in- cludes a Biofore Site scorecard with approximate- ly 30 sustainability measures, including energy use, aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Devel- opment Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are the framework that governments, business and civil society use to drive the sustainability agenda.The Biofore Site score- card is also a tool to make the company’s sustainabil- ity performance more tangible and transparent for its employees and others. AB Graphic, Kocher+Beck Acquire Enprom Packaging Finishing equipment manufacturer AB Graphic Inter- national has joined forces with Kocher+Beck, produc- er of cutting and printing tools, to acquire the Spanish labeling, converting and packaging equipment manu- facturer Enprom Packaging.
McDonald’s Canada To Test Sustainable Packaging McDonald’s Canada is putting sustainable packag- ing options and recycling initiatives to the test at two “Green Concept Restaurants.” These quick service restaurants will serve as incubators for new cups, lids, cutlery, stir sticks, and straws made from renewable, recycled, or certified sources. Testing is scheduled to begin over the next few months at one McDonald’s Canada restaurant locat- ed in London, Ontario, and one in Vancouver, British Columbia. UPM Raflatac Powered By 100% Renewable Energy UPM Raflatac’s factory in Mills River, North Carolina, is reportedly the first manufacturing facility in North Carolina whose electrical supply is generated entirely by renewable sources through Charlotte-based Duke Energy’s NC Renewable Energy Program. This year, the Mills River factory opted to increase its renewable electricity use from 4 percent to 100 per- cent. Renewable electricity is generated from sources like wind, solar and hydropower. UPM Raflatac has a 2030 target to reduce fossil CO2 emissions from its
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