ACE – The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment – provides a European platform for beverage carton manufacturers and their paperboard suppliers to benchmark and profile beverage cartons as a renewable, climate positive, and circular packaging solution with low carbon benefits.
The ACE members are committed to providing a renewable, climate positive, and circular packaging solution suitable for the needs of today and the future. Through the sourcing of renewable materials from sustainably managed forests and recycling at end-of-life, our packaging has a reduced environmental footprint and contributes to a low carbon circular economy, which makes it a smart and sustainable choice.
With the commitments and targets set in the 2030 Roadmap, the industry will strive for its packaging to continue to actively contribute towards the ambitions of the EU Green Deal, specifically climate neutrality, circularity, biodiversity and resilient food systems, while never compromising the health and safety of consumers.
Our world is facing major challenges. We know that climate change is a serious threat to human existence, driving a call to change the way we produce and consume. As a key part of our daily life, packaging offers essential functionalities protecting food and beverages, allowing their safe use and transport and preventing food waste. At ACE we believe packaging can and should contribute to the EU Green Deal ambitions while not compromising on health and safety for consumers.
This report focuses on the environmental performance of beverage cartons compared to alternative packaging options for liquid food and beverages. Circular Analytics reviewed life cycle assessment studies commissioned by members of ACE (‘The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment’), as well as further studies identified by conducting a literature search carried out for dairy products and no- carbonated softdrinks such as juice covering the EU or markets within the EU.