Carbon Footprint of Carton Packaging

Pro Carton, the European Association of Cartonboard and Carton Manufacturers commissioned a study to calculate the “cradle-to-grave” carbon emissions of carton packaging and compared results to the same study in 2018. The results of this study were published in an executive summary on the ProCarton website.

Study Methodology

The method applied is in accordance with the frameworks set out in CEPI’s “Framework for Carbon Footprints for Paper and Board Products, April 2017” and the subsequent CITPA “Guidelines for calculating carbon footprints for paper-based packaging, March 2018”.

How is the total carbon footprint measured?

As recommended by the above documents, the total carbon footprint value calculated covers the cradle-to-grave carbon impact of carton packaging, taking account of fossil and biogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals and emissions from direct land use change (dLUC).

Who compiled the carbon footprint statement?

It was compiled and written by RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden)

Who verified the data?

The raw data and calculations were verified by ifeu (Institut für Energie- und Umweltforschung) of Heidelberg, Germany.

What were the study results?

This study showed that the “cradle-to-grave” fossil GHG emissions for cartons was reduced by 17% in 2021 compared to the last calculation covering the calendar year 2018.

If the total carbon footprint is considered, including fossil GHG emissions, biogenic GHG emissions, GHG removals and direct land-use, then the reduction is increased to 24%.  You can read more here.

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