The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) has shared data that highlights the improved environmental performance of beverage cartons.
The data shows the global warming potential (GWP) indicator for the liquid packaging board used to produce beverage cartons has shown a 27 per cent improvement compared to the previous data from 2009-11.
This improvement relates to both the reduced fossil energy use and decreased emissions in the liquid packaging board supply chain.
ACE has also found that advancements in the converting process enhanced energy and resource efficiency, which led to a 20 per cent reduction of GWP now, when compared to 2009.
Relevant improvements of between 15 and 35 per cent have also been found in other impact categories such as acidification, terrestrial and aquatic eutrophication and a reduction of 30 per cent was achieved with regards to primary energy demands from non-renewable sources.
Last month, ACE released its 10-year roadmap for circular beverage carton packaging, which outlined a commitment to ‘delivering the most sustainable packaging for resilient food supply systems which is renewable, climate positive and circular’.
Whilst releasing this latest data, ACE said the improvements are a result of its members’ efforts to improve their environmental performance.
Commenting on the findings, Director General of ACE Annick Carpentier said: “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,”
“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.”