To tackle the issue of resource scarcity, the European Commission published a Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe in September 2011. This initiative sets the framework for EU policies to support the shift towards a resource-efficient and low carbon economy, a key pillar of the EU 2020 Strategy. The food and drink value chain and waste management across Europe are one of the sectors highlighted for action.
As a first step towards the implementation of the Resource Efficiency Roadmap, the European Commission launched in June 2012 a high-level forum of experts on resource efficiency, so-called the European Resource Efficiency Platform. The objective of the Platform is to provide high-level guidance to the European Commission, Member States and private actors on the transition to a more resource-efficient economy. The Platform is expected to contribute to improving co-ordination across sectors and help creating common awareness and a shared agenda of improved resource efficiency among EU institutions, national governments, business and civil society.
ACE believes that all the stakeholders in a business value chain have a responsibility to make measurable and certifiable progress in greening their operations and products. Supply chain management based on a life-cycle approach is a key tool to enhance resource efficiency. The use of sciences-based certification schemes ensuring sustainable sourcing is a crucial element towards this goal. In 2007, ACE members Tetra Pak, SIG Combibloc and Elopak initiated a global voluntary sector commitment on wood traceability with the aim to ensure 100% chain-of-custody certification for all paperboard purchased worldwide by 2015 and for all their own packaging material manufacturing plants worldwide by 2018.