Reducing our Environmental Footprint | Avery Dennison | Sustainability

Reducing our Environmental Footprint

How we Measure our Footprint
We’ve used ASPIRE, our environmental, health, and safety data-management system, since 2015. The system collects and calculates environmental, climate, and safety metrics for our operations, enabling us to track monthly progress for each of our sites around the globe.

To further measure and understand its impact, our RBIS business uses The Higg Index, a standardized suite of tools created by members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition to help companies understand their environmental and social impacts. Using The Higg Index tools, RBIS completed 30 audits of its sites in the 2017-2018 timeframe.

The following are examples of other actions we’ve taken to measurably reduce our environmental footprint.

Label and Packaging Materials
Increasing our Solar Capacity
Our commitment to reducing emissions requires looking beyond energy efficiency to strategies such as generating energy from renewable sources like solar. In 2018, we installed solar panels covering about 10,000 square meters on the roof of our Label and Packaging Materials facility in Kunshan, India. The panels generate about 800,000 kilowatt-hours annually per our power purchase agreement, reducing coal consumption by 288 tons each year and avoiding 711 tons of resulting carbon dioxide emissions.


Apparel Solutions
Leading by Example in Norway
Our Norway facility is innovating with the aim of setting a sustainability benchmark for the apparel industry. The facility, which manufactures heat transfer labels and embellishments—including names and numbers for FC Barcelona uniforms— is located between glaciers and a raging river. We use cold water from the river to cool the facility, reducing its energy use by more than 95%.

The site is also certified by Eco-Lighthouse, Norway’s most widely used certification for companies seeking to document their environmental efforts and demonstrate social responsibility. Earning certification often takes a year. Our team in Norway set a national record by becoming certified in just one month.

wind turbine in belgium

Performance Tapes
Using Wind in Belgium to Help Meet our Sustainability Goals
In 2017, in cooperation with Eneco, a supplier of renewable energy, our team installed its first on-site wind turbine. The tower went up at our Turnhout, Belgium, facility, which produces pressure-sensitive tapes and medical products. Electricity can account for a substantial portion of a factory’s energy budget while contributing to CO2 emissions. Our new wind turbine generated 4.3 gigawatt-hours in 2019, out of a maximum capacity of 4.8, which is 25% of the Turnhout plant’s annual energy consumption. As a result, we saved $260,000 in energy costs and avoided emitting 1,215 tons of carbon dioxide in 2018.