IGD calls for ‘urgent reassessment’ of UK packaging strategy

A new report from IGD has said a ‘business as usual’ approach will fail to meet the industry-wide ambition of halving the environmental impact of the UK packaging sector by here 2030.

IGD report, ‘Halving the environmental impact of the UK packaging system: how industry and key stakeholders can work together to drive positive change”, outlines some of the key challenges facing the industry, along with methods to reduce impact and save money.

Among its key messages is that to achieve halving the environmental impact by 2030, a 20% reduction in the amount of packaging on the market will be needed.

Three levers can play an important role in driving this change: removing packaging; increase recycled content; and decarbonize existing supply chains.

The ambition will require a shift in focus from plastics to all packaging materials, he added.

Read more: Systemic change in food packaging recycling ‘only possible through partnerships’: study

Sustainable packaging systems

“Creating sustainable packaging systems is a crucial issue. Last year, we brought together stakeholders to form a task force to create our common industrial ambition,” said Susan Barratt, Managing Director of IGD.

“Recent events have highlighted the context for this work, with unprecedented inflation and commodity supply challenges affecting businesses and consumers. This led to a significant reassessment of packaging strategy and sourcing decisions.

Barratt said the main challenge is to find future packaging systems that can help consumers “do their part” for the planet, while reducing costs.

“For businesses, the opportunity is to provide them with an investment framework that minimizes costs and enables growth,” she said.

“Our stakeholders have been invaluable in inspiring our industry to work together as one voice. It will now require industry leaders, technical and commercial teams to refocus their plans to ensure that collectively we can deliver on this ambition.

The report can be found here.

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