Operations

Novolex operates facilities across North America and Europe, employing 10,000 people. Our goal is to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment while ensuring quality products and safe manufacturing processes.

Novolex Environmental Management System

The Novolex Environmental Management System sets out our standards for environmental performance across our company. Working with a team of local environment, health and safety (EHS) managers, we work on a facility-by-facility basis to identify operational impacts of our sites, whether on air, water or waste, and develop plans to reduce potentially negative impacts. We train our EHS professionals at the site level to monitor and manage these impacts, including offering professional training courses on environmental management.

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Novolex has publicly shared Scope 1 and 2 emissions data since 2018. In 2020, we announced our first timebound, numerical target for GHG reductions for our operations — 20% by 2025 against a 2019 baseline. This target covers 100% of global Scope 1 and 2 emissions resulting from energy and natural gas use in our manufacturing facilities. In addition to the publicly announced 20% target, in 2022 Novolex established a 30% reduction target for 2030 against the 2019 baseline as part of a Sustainability-Linked Financing Framework.

 

Greenhouse Gas Progress

Since establishing our global GHG baseline in 2019, we have achieved a roughly 10% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions per ton of production. Scope 1 and 2 numbers cover all manufacturing sites including recycling plants.

Managing Waste

Novolex is committed to reducing waste at all of our facilities to promote operating efficiencies and reduce our impact on the environment. Fiber scrap from operations is baled and sent to recyclers for handling. Post-industrial plastic waste in many Novolex facilities is captured and processed on site and returned to the production line. At other locations resin scrap is sent off-site to be reprocessed into reusable material.

Operation Clean Sweep®

As a manufacturer of resin-based packaging and foodservice products, we understand our responsibility to keep plastic used in our facilities out of the environment. To achieve this goal, Novolex participates in Operation Clean Sweep, a worldwide initiative co-sponsored by the Plastics Industry Association and the American Chemistry Council to prevent the escape of plastic pellets, flake and powder into the environment.

Zero Waste To Landfill

Aligned with our overall commitment to reduce waste from operations, our Waddington Europe division achieved Zero Waste To Landfill certification from Valpak for its three manufacturing sites in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Employees worked with experts and market leaders to review processes and waste streams to ensure anything that could be recycled was being recycled. Items included recycling waste from offices, break rooms and cafeterias, as well as recycling all the plastic waste produced by production lines and putting it back into the manufacturing process.

Compliance

All Novolex facilities comply with federal, state and local environmental regulations. We conduct internal and third-party site audits to review compliance with regulations, evaluate programs and review processes. We incorporate audit findings into our policies, regularly updating them to reflect best practices to reduce the environmental impacts of our facilities. Additionally, waste diversion and recycling remain a hallmark to our approach to improve production efficiency and reduce manufacturing waste.

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