Sustainable and renewable
ACE members are committed to sourcing wood fibre, their main raw material, from responsibly managed forests, which ensures they remain a renewable resource for generations to come.
In these forests for every tree harvested at maturity, new saplings are planted or grow naturally. Using wood fibre from forests with sound management practices has a positive environmental outcome, as forest volume is actually increasing in Europe year-on-year, with annual growth exceeding annual cutting.
Traceability is one of industry’s most important ways to combat illegal logging and to make sure all wood used is responsibly sourced. ACE UK members, Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc, and their paperboard suppliers, BillerudKorsnäs and Stora Enso, have put rigorous traceability systems in place so that they can trace their wood back to the forest area it came from.
These systems are independently verified and certified annually according to ‘Chain of Custody’ (CoC) standards set by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and/or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
All paperboard purchased globally by ACE UK members for the manufacture of food and drink cartons, and all their own packaging material manufacturing plants worldwide are 100% Chain of Custody certified. This commitment is subject to an annual review by ProForest, an independent verifier of forest supply chain practices.
The latest review can be found here.