ACE, The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment, and its members strongly believe in the value of life cycle analysis (LCA) as a tool to assess the environmental performance of products, but not only as a foundation for improvement.
As a result of members’ continuous efforts to improve their environmental performance, recently updated data shows improved impact on the following indicators:
- The GWP (global warming potential) indicator for the liquid packaging board used to produce beverage cartons shows a 27% improvement compared to the previous data (2009/11), both due to reduced fossil energy use and decreased emissions in the liquid packaging board supply chain.
- The advancements in the converting process enhanced energy and resource efficiency, which led to a 20% reduction of GWP compared to 2009.
- Relevant improvements of between 15% and 35% are also shown for other impact categories such as acidification, terrestrial and aquatic eutrophication, or particulate matter.
- A reduction of 30% reduction was achieved with regards to primary energy demand from non-renewable resources.
Said Annick Carpentier, Director General of ACE: “Based on the methodology used for this updated data set, beverage cartons once again have shown the ability to have a much lower carbon footprint compared to alternative packaging solutions. This data underscores the industry’s progress towards reaching our vision outlined in our recently launched 2030 Roadmap of delivering packaging that is the lowest carbon solution available.” For more visit beveragecarton.eu