The recently published Pro Carton Carbon Footprint for Carton Packaging report demonstrated that the carton industry is not only reducing its CO2 emissions but, in declaring a very low carbon footprint of 326kg CO2 per tonne of converted cartons, that its environmental impact is much less than most other packaging materials.
It should also be remembered that all paper and board products have two unique positive attributes:
- They are based on a renewable raw material, using the forests´ capacity to bind CO2 as a starting point.
- They store carbon and, furthermore, the recycling of paper and board products delays this CO2 from returning to the atmosphere.
Additionally, when forests are managed sustainably, carbon stocks are growing or at least remain stable. According to the European GHG inventory, forests of the EU-28 are a net carbon sink, with net CO2 removals by forests having increased by over 19% between 1990 and 2014.
In the Members Area there’s not only the Carbon Footprint report but also the full Environmental Data Report and a lengthy Q&A that aims to answer any questions that your staff or, indeed, customers might have about the data and the reports.
We are currently co-operating with the various Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) organisations (such as ecoinvent and GaBi) providing them with detailed datasets so that they are using the latest statistics and thus putting cartonboard in a very favourable light.