The paper and packaging industry has made a strong breakthrough with an average growth rate of about 15% in the last 4 years. With the demand for packaging paper in the country and the growing export potential, making the paper packaging industry an attractive “playground”, attracting major FDI names in the world and enterprises in the country.
Opportunities and challenges for green development
According to the statistics of the Vietnam Pulp and Paper Association (VPPA), domestic paper packaging consumption is estimated at 4.2 million tons, exports will reach 0.8 million tons in 2019. In 3 years Recently, Vietnam’s paper export has consistently achieved an impressive growth of over 200% per year. In addition, free trade agreements, such as Vietnam – EU (EVFTA), Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) are believed to bring great export opportunities for the paper industry and Vietnam’s packaging.
The potential is huge, but the domestic paper industry is facing the challenge of improving modern production technology, saving energy, water resources, reducing chemical use, meeting environmental regulations, towards sustainable development goals. Currently, the paper and packaging paper industry in Vietnam has about 300 enterprises in operation, but most of them are enterprises with low production capacity, limited technology and not associated with investment in production. reduce bad impact on the environment. In parallel with the great export potential, the domestic food paper packaging demand has also increased sharply due to the shift to the green consumption trend. According to VPPA’s forecast, in the next 5-10 years, the demand for paper packaging is forecast to grow 14-18% / year.
In the paper manufacturing industry, until the end of 2019, only CP Paper is the first enterprise to receive LEED certification for offices and factories. Entering this year, Vietnam’s first sterile paper box factory – Tetra Pak Binh Duong has been awarded the Gold LEED Certificate – Version 4, which is the latest version with the strictest standards of the Council. US Green Building.
Efforts to promote the sustainable development of the industry
As one of the largest capacity factories in Vietnam’s paper industry, Tetra Pak Binh Duong produces about 12 billion paper boxes / year and the ability to expand to 20 billion paper boxes / year.
Built according to LEED Gold standards for all 4 projects, including production buildings, offices, supporting buildings and warehouses, the factory has saved 17.6 million liters of water and electrical energy up to 8,565 MWh / year, reusing and recycling 65% of waste. In particular, this plant can reduce 4,000 tons of CO2 emissions to the environment each year.
Industry experts expect that leading businesses like Tetra Pak will contribute to spreading the culture of sustainable development to the business community, so that in the coming years, the number of green buildings in the paper industry will continue. increase. One of the initiatives that received high recognition from the community is that the Company partnered with other leading food, beverage and packaging businesses to form the Vietnam Packaging Recycling Alliance (PRO ), to promote packaging collection and recycling. This business also set a goal by 2030, will collect and recycle all packaging materials that Tetra Pak brought into Vietnam.