About us

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 safe, circular and sustainable 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.

Latest news

17.11.2021

ACE welcomes the European Council’s conclusion on the EU Forest Strategy

ACE, the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment, and its members BillerudKorsnäs, Elopak, SIG Combibloc, Stora Enso, and Tetra Pak, welcome The European Council conclusion on the EU Forest...
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27.04.2021

Data continues to highlight low carbon benefits of beverage cartons

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, bu...
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EU recycling targets for beverage carton collection

A recent study undertaken by Roland Berger* highlights that an EU wide collection target for beverage cartons would considerably contribute to the realization of the already set recycling target of 85% for packaging and board at EU level. Read the report to find out about the results.

* The study was commissioned by ACE and written by Roland Berger.

Beverage carton industry releases ten year roadmap outlining vision and commitments

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. 

Recycling Facts & Figures

On average around 900.000 tons of beverage cartons are put on the market annually in Europe. Beverage cartons are mainly used to pack dairy products (55%), juices and other liquid food products (45%).

Supporting evidence – Environmental performance of beverage cartons

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.

The beverage carton Roadmap to 2030 and beyond

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.

Proforest 10th annual report

ACE converters self-commitment on third-party verified traceability systems for wood fibres.

Best practices on beverage carton recycling

Collection, sorting, and effective recycling of used beverage cartons has been established in EU Member States for many years. Read our “Best Practices on Beverage Carton Recycling” to learn about the recyclability credentials of beverage cartons, while understanding what stakeholders in the value chain can do to facilitate further collection and recycling successes in the future.

What are Beverage Cartons?

from twitter

The rectangular & lightweight nature of beverage cartons makes them space and transport efficient

🚚A truck can be loaded with 25% to 41% MORE milk using beverage cartons compared to glass bottles.
a truck loaded with #beveragecartons transports 95% product and only 5% packaging

THE BEVERAGE CARTON INDUSTRY ROADMAP TO 2030 AND BEYOND