French container glassmaker Verallia has signed a partnership agreement with PUR Projet to set up a carbon offset programme.

It is based on two mechanisms: a climate programme in Latin America and a programme for the environmental integration of Verallia’s production sites.

The climate programme will offset 1% of the group's emissions each year and plant more than 100,000 trees per year for five years.

The initiative reinforces a broader CSR policy that Verallia has persued for several years.

The policy is structured around three areas: helping preserve the environment, acting for the safety and development of teams and contributing to the development of communities.

The company has set itself a target to reduce its CO2 emissions by 1% a year by improving the energy performance of its production facilities and increasing the use of cullet.

The carbon offset programme, designed by Verallia and PUR Projet, includes:

- A reforestation and agroforestry project in Latin America (Peru, Honduras, Colombia and Brazil) to which Verallia has committed for an initial five-year period and which will offset 1% of the group’s total emissions each year and plant more than 100,000 trees per year.

The project also promotes the socio-economic development of disadvantaged communities while preserving local ecosystems.

- A project to integrate the Verallia group's production sites into their environment and territory, through concrete initiatives such as reforestation of sites, market gardening, support for producers and support for local initiatives.

Michel Giannuzzi, Verallia CEO and Chaiorman said: “Our priority at Verallia remains the reduction of CO2 emissions from our installations, for which we are constantly striving.”