Contributing to Climate Neutrality towards 2050
Climate neutrality will only be possible by cutting the emissions associated with the sourcing, production, use and, disposal of materials.
Based on the life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology, beverage cartons typically have a much lower carbon footprint when compared to alternative packaging solutions. Studies have shown that beverage cartons have the lowest carbon footprint in the core categories of milk and juice.
This is due to the resource efficiency of the entire beverage carton system and the high share of renewable raw materials used. The substitution of high carbon materials with low carbon materials, such as sustainably sourced renewables replacing carbon-intensive fossil-based resources, is an important and effective element in reaching climate neutrality in Europe.
By continuing to invest in innovation for new recycling projects, and by using recognised science-based targets on the reduction of greenhouse gases and sustainably sourced materials based on internationally recognised standards, the members of ACE are committed to contributing to a low carbon circular economy and to driving green economic growth.
The LCA / Environmental Footprint in further detail
The LCA is a methodology based on international standards to measure and compare the environmental impacts of products or service, from cradle to grave.
To assess the carbon footprint of beverage cartons, numerous Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) have been undertaken by the industry and leading environmental research institutes. Studies have shown that beverage cartons have the lowest carbon footprint in the core categories of milk and juice.
Beverage carton producers are constantly monitoring and striving to reduce their products’ environmental impact throughout the full life cycle. ACE members have a long history in addressing all relevant environmental aspects in the life cycle of a beverage carton as a lever for continuous improvement.