UPM Raflatac​ Carbon Action plastic labels

Take your next step in packaging carbon footprint reduction


In the pursuit of limiting global warming to 1.5°C by 2030, it is imperative for the packaging value chain to play its part in reducing its carbon footprint. Circularity must be increased throughout the value chain. The switch to beyond fossil plastics has begun –and is gaining pace.

Join UPM in committing to the UN Global Compact Forward Faster initiative. Take your next step in packaging carbon footprint reduction with Carbon Action plastic labels. Be the Changemaker. Make the Switch and Close the Loop.

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Quantified carbon footprint reduction

Carbon Action plastic labels enable you to take the next step in packaging carbon footprint reduction throughout the value chain, including Scope 3 emissions reduction for printers and brand owners. The impact is quantified by an externally validated LCA calculation process.

Embrace circularity on multiple levels

Each product in the Carbon Action portfolio embodies multiple circularity R's, increasing the use of components that help the industry to move beyond fossils – Reduced, Recycled, or Renewable materials that enable Recycling or Reuse. Choose Carbon Action labels to close the material loop.

No compromises in performance

Carbon Action label materials are expected to smoothly replace traditional options without compromising quality or performance.


”To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, we need forward thinkers, doers, builders, changers, movers, leaders. Because right now, only 15% of the SDGs are on track for 2030. We must be more ambitious.”

Source: UN Global Compact, Forward Faster


Why immediate carbon action is vital

  • Global carbon emissions from fossil fuels reached a record high in 2023
  • CO2 concentrations are rising mostly due to the use of fossil fuels
  • Higher CO2 levels are supercharging the natural greenhouse effect, causing global temperatures to rise
  • 2023 was the hottest year on record, 2024 is expected to be worse
  • 2023 sported a record-breaking number of billion-dollar natural disasters exacerbated by climate change

Sources: WWF, Stanford University, NOAA Climate.gov


Move your company forward faster
with Carbon Action


In the UN Global Compact Forward Faster initiative that UPM is committed to, a selection of five strategic domains has been made to propel advancements across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These areas represent focal points where the concerted efforts of the private sector hold the greatest potential to effectuate substantial and expeditious change by 2030. One of the areas is Climate Action

One of the Climate Action targets is to set corporate science-based net-zero emissions reduction targets in line with a 1.5°C pathway, to halve global emissions by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 at the latest.


Why your company should take action to align with the 1.5°C target

  • Global Urgency: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that surpassing a 1.5°C increase in global temperatures will trigger severe consequences. Companies must act swiftly to prevent irreversible damage.
  • Risk Mitigation: Failure to align with the 1.5°C target poses significant risks, including disruptions in supply chains, regulatory penalties, and reputational damage. Companies that proactively reduce emissions secure their long-term viability.
  • Innovation and Resilience: Pursuing 1.5°C alignment drives innovation. Companies investing in clean technologies, circular economy practices, and sustainable products gain a competitive edge.
  • Stakeholder Expectations: Customers, investors, and employees demand climate action. Companies that take a leading role inspire trust and attract environmentally conscious consumers and top talent.
  • Collective Responsibility: Companies play a pivotal role within the global ecosystem. Aligning with the 1.5°C target is not only a responsibility but also a contribution to a healthier planet for all.

Take action with Carbon Action labels – Contribute to SDGs 12 & 13

Carbon Action plastic labels enable your company to take its next step in packaging carbon footprint reduction throughout the value chain, including Scope 3 emission reduction for printers and brand owners. The impact is quantified by an externally validated LCA calculation process. Make a difference and join us in taking climate action.

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”Cleaning up our energy system saves lives today, not just at some future point. Thousands of people are still alive because we have substantially cut coal use.” 

–Robert Jackson, Stanford University Provost Professor, Biological Sciences


Label Life by UPM Raflatac

Our life cycle assessment (LCA) service is comprehensive, credible and actionable.

  • The LCA calculation principles were critically reviewed according to ISO 14040/44 and following ISO 14067, and the process of generating LCIA* results was validated externally.
  • Cradle-to-grave models are broken down into cradle-to-gate, transport to customer, printing, and end-of-life impacts.
  • Focus on carbon, water and energy, extended to include indicators as recommended by the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) guide.

Learn more about our Label Life service


UPM is committed to the UN Global Compact’s Forward Faster Initiative

We have joined the UN Global Compact’s Forward Faster Initiative that calls for business leaders all over the world to take measurable action to accelerate the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals.

We are committed to promoting gender equality, paying living wages and operating in line with an ambitious net-zero emission target.


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We sell rolls and sheets to label printers worldwide. Find out how to order our label materials below. 

Not a printer? Our face materials, adhesives and liners are selected to match your brand's labeling needs before being assembled into label products. Talk to our experts to receive tailored advice on the right combination of label materials for you. We can also help by recommending these materials to your printer.  


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The world needs more sustainable labeling solutions. Every choice made by producers and brands alike has the power to change the future of our planet.

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