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.

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies have shown that beverage cartons have the lowest carbon footprint in the core categories of milk and juice compared to PET bottles and single-use glass bottles. This can be attributed to:

  • the use of renewable material coming from sustainably managed forests that store carbon
  • the recyclability of beverage cartons (recycling decreases the overall carbon footprint)
  • the efficient transport of products in beverage cartons
  • the lightweight nature of beverage cartons
  • the industry’s investments to continuously reducing its carbon footprint
  • the high share (>90%) of green energy produced on-site from wood residues in LPB (liquid packaging board)

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.

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.

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.

See the Circular Analytics Report Supporting evidence – Environmental performance of beverage cartons.