New data extolling the environmental benefits of beverage cartons have been highlighted by the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE).
The organisation has revealed recently updated data which shows the impact of its members’ ongoing efforts to improve their environmental performance.]
The data is the result of using life cycle analysis (LCA) as a tool to assess the environmental performance of products.
It shows that the GWP (GWP) 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.
Moreover, the data showed that 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.
“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,” said Annick Carpentier, Director General of ACE.
“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.”
In addition, ACE recently commissioned a meta study to condense the findings from LCA studies that have been conducted in the recent years, which show beverage cartons have the lowest carbon footprint in the core categories of milk and juice.
The datasets have been updated by the German independent ifeu institute.