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Verified traceability of beverage carton industry’s globally sourced wood fibre reaches 85%


Significant progress continues to be made by ACE beverage carton manufacturers towards achieving full third party verified traceability of wood fibres used in cartons and of the factories that produce them worldwide.

According to the fifth annual Proforest* report on the Chain of Custody (CoC) commitment made in 2007 by Alliance for Beverage Cartons & the Environment (ACE) members – Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc – 85% of wood fibre purchased by these companies in 2011 was either FSC certified fibre or originated from FSC controlled wood, compared to 78% in 2010.

This means that ACE members are on track to meet their commitment to source 100% wood fibre that is traceable to legal and acceptable sources by 2015. In addition, of the 54 converting plants owned by ACE beverage carton producers worldwide, 40 are FSC chain of custody certified. This represents an increase of 11% compared to 2010, while also having a greater number of plants than in previous years.

“We are delighted to see our members’ steady progress towards achieving the high targets set in 2007”, comments Richard Hands, Chief Executive of ACE UK. “Traceability is one of our industry’s most important strategic means to combat illegal logging and is equally important in avoiding socially and environmentally unacceptable sources of wood.

“With 75% of a beverage carton, on average, being made from this natural renewable material, ACE members have a clear interest in ensuring that forests are responsibly managed.”

ACE expects that the percentage of CoC certified plants will further increase in 2012. One of the ACE converting members has already fully met the ACE commitments for both CoC certification of converting plants and sustainable sourcing of wood fibres.

Please find the fifth annual Proforest report on ACE’s Chain of Custody (CoC) commitment here.

* Proforest is an independent verifier of natural resource management.


For further information please visit the ACE UK website at

Or contact:
Fiona McAra or Richard Coleman at College Hill  
Tel: +44 (0)1869 353 806 / +44 (0)20 7866 7891

Notes to Editors
About the commitment
The commitment of ACE members is two-fold and global. First, the three beverage carton manufacturers undertake by 2015 to reach 100% wood fibre that is traceable to legal and acceptable sources, using processes that have been independently verified. The scope includes all wood fibres used in mills producing paperboard for the three companies. Second they commit to secure by 2018 chain of custody certification for all their carton manufacturing plants. Within the European Union, 100% of the wood used for the production of beverage cartons already comes from paper mills that have an FSC-certified Chain of Custody in place.

About ACE UK
The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK represents the beverage carton industry in the UK, which supplies paper-based liquid packaging systems to the food and drink industry.  Its members are Elopak, SIG Combibloc and Tetra Pak. ACE UK is also supported by Scandinavian board manufacturers Stora Enso and Korsnäs.

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