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Sustainable packaging

Objective

Become fully circular and contribute to the health of the environment and people.

With 10 commitments centered around 4 key drivers (Reinvent, Reduce, Rcycle, Restore), Source of Change aims to accelerate Spadels transition towards a circular economy. Transparency and partnerships are fundamentally underlying this strategy. Join the Source of Change at sourceofchange.spadel.com.

Status 2019

The use of packaging, and in particular plastic packaging, is without a doubt one of the major challenges that Spadel faces in the coming years. Like many citizens, Spadel shares the concern to preserve our nature for future generations.

In June 2019 we launched Source of Change, our sustainable packaging commitments 2025. Governance structures were set up, work started and first results were achieved. A special website was created to inform stakeholders of our objectives, initiatives and progress.

Follow us on www.sourceofchange.spadel.com

Outlook 2020

Follow Spadel’s actions and progress via www.sourceofchange.spadel.com

80% sustainable suppliers

Objective

Leverage the power of the supply chain to accelerate sustainability.

Through our procurement policies we have a real influence on our suppliers and we expect them to show the same leadership in sustainability as we set for ourselves.

Status 2019

Spadel carries out 100% of its activities in Europe, in accordance with strict laws and regulations.

By focusing on local purchases, Spadel reduces its exposure to risks inherent to the supply chain. In 2019, 90% of raw material suppliers were within a range of 500 km of production sites in Belgium (target 90% achieved).

Spadel asks all its suppliers to sign the Spadel Sustainable Procurement Policy (SSPP), which lists the minimum expectations regarding ethical, environmental and social efforts (child labour, discrimination, working hours, etc.).

Strategic suppliers are asked to participate in EcoVadis which, as a third party, evaluates their CSR efforts. In 2019, 96% participated for Spadel excl. Devin (target 90% achieved) and 80% of strategic suppliers were assessed in Devin. All of them were within the by Spadel expected score.

KPI 2020:

80% strategic suppliers screened by Ecovadis
0% strategic suppliers score red ( = at risk) Ecovadis
On track

Outlook 2020

Spadel will continue its efforts by working with existing and future strategic suppliers.

100% Bee-Friendly

Objective

To have a good biodiversity in our catchment areas, factories and broader regions.

Biodiversity efforts help maintain healthy and natural water collection areas. Bees are the sentinels of the environment and reflect the effectiveness of our initiatives.

Status 2019

Since 2014 Spadel works with BeeOdiversity to measure biodiversity and the effectiveness of protection measures at the sites. Together, we have established bee colonies in the Spadel water collection areas. BeeOdiversity analyses the pollen they collect. Two beehives were placed near the Devin spring in Bulgaria, the last of our sites to do so.

25 additional Black Grouses birds were captured in Sweden and released in the Hautes-Fagnes region in Belgium. Three years ago there were only three individuals left in Belgium. By reintroducing and increasing the local population, we’re naturally protecting other species like dragonflies, butterflies and plants.

In Ribeauvillé, France, flowers are blooming in the vineyards surrounding the Carola spring. For the past three years, Carola has been participating in a special ‘seeding’ project which aims to improve the local biodiversity, and the presence of bees in particular, by increasing grass and flowerbeds in the vineyards themselves.

In the Netherlands Spadel signed a 3 year partnership with IVN Natuureducatie. With the partnership, Spadel wishes to provide an extra boost to nature and environmental education in the Netherlands. The partnership will focus on, among other topics biodiversity and more specifically the education on wild bees and the creation of Tiny Forests at iconic locations.

KPI 2020:

Beehives installed in all sites (18 in total)
On track

Outlook 2020

We continue our work with our different partners to protect and restore biodiversity.

"Gold" European Water
Stewardship

Objective

Spadel will have all production sites Gold certified by 2020.

Spadel commits to a rigorous protection of its natural sources of water to ensure its original purity and unique quality, for us today but especially for future generations. EWS helps to assess and improve efforts on sustainable water management. Following the merger between EWS and the global AWS (Alliance for Water Stewardship) Spadel will use the new AWS framework going forward.

Statement Marc du Bois on importance of water protection
Status 2019

Current climate change is already having a major impact on water availability, supply and reservation worldwide. Sometimes due to heavy rain, sometimes due to water shortages. This is not currently a problem in the regions where the Spadel Group is active.

Spadel extracts only a fraction of the amount of water that falls each year into the collection areas. The water is drawn without being depleted and each site has the necessary tools for monitoring: we use the Water Exploitation Index (WEI) which indicates the ratio between the average annual abstraction and the average annual water available in a given region.

The springs of Spa and Bru have a WEI less than 4%; a figure well below the 10% threshold set by the European Environment Agency (EEA). We also apply the principle of “draw without depleting” to the springs in France and Bulgaria.

In 2019 Spa Monopole received the highest ‘Gold’ certificate against the EWS standard, a recognition that is valid until 31/12/21. Work started on the migration to the AWS standard for Spa Monopole, Bru and Devin sites with the aim to have them certified in 2020.

KPI 2020:

All production sites AWS Core certified
On track

Outlook 2020

The sites in Stoumont (Bru), Riveauvillé (Carola) and Wattwiller will receive the AWS audit.

Reduced Water Use Ratio

Objective

To achieve a Water Use Ratio (WUR) of 1,6 L/L.

Reducing the water footprint has long been one of Spadels priorities. Most of our water goes straight into the bottles. We also use water to, amongst other things, clean our glass bottles.

Status 2019

In recent years, Spadel has not relaxed its efforts to reduce its water footprint. The company measures the results using the Water Use Ratio (WUR). Monitoring is ongoing and is part of the Operations dashboard so that measures can be taken quickly in the event of a discrepancy.

In 2019, the average production of one litre of mineral water and lemonade required 1,55 litres, which gives a Water Use Ratio of 1,55 l/l. Between 2010 and 2019, Spadel managed to reduce the WUR by 56% per litre.

KPI 2020:

We have already achieved our goal: a 1,6 l/l WUR by 2020.

Outlook 2020

We are continuing our efforts to further reduce this ratio.

Carbon neutral

Objective

To be a carbon neutral company (scope 1, 2, 3) in 2020.

Scientists are unanimous: climate change is largely due to carbon emissions from human activities. One of the solutions is to significantly reduce our carbon footprint. For Spadel this means (in order of impact) working on packaging, transport and energy consumption.

Status 2019

As a pioneer of sustainable development in Europe, Spadel has set itself the target to achieve zero emissions by 2050, without any form of compensation.

Since 2015 Spadel achieved carbon neutrality on Scope 1 and 2 for its production sites. Today, we are well on our way to achieving full neutrality across the entire value chain (scope 1, 2 & 3) and expect to achieve it in 2020.

With its logistics partners Spadel participates in the Lean & Green framework. In 2019 Spadel Benelux obtains the Lean & Green « Star » for its efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint in transport and logistics.

To help us create the right roadmap with clear action points and targets for the next 10 years , we joined the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) in 2019. Its goal: to help keep global warming under 1,5°C.

Our approved targets are:

Reduce absolute scope 1 Green House Gas (GHG) emissions 40% by 2030 and scope 2 by 80% as well as reach zero absolute GHG emissions by 2050 from a 2015 base-year.
Reduce absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions 40% by 2030 and reach zero absolute GHG emissions by 2050 from a 2015 base-year.

Our carbon ambition has an important impact on our packaging decisions. As such in the past we decided to stop using cans and cardboard packaging. Thanks to the Science Based Targets initiative we have been able to identify some 40 actions points.

KPI 2020:

Carbon neutrality on scope 1, 2 and 3
CO2 reduction targets approved by SBTi
On track

Outlook 2020

With final figures on our total carbon footprint coming in at the end of 2020 – audited by the Science Based Targets Initiative Committee – we look forward to mapping out our next steps. This is an ongoing process and step by step we will continue to reduce our carbon footprint. Our vision is to become net-net carbon neutral with no need for compensation by 2050.