The study, recently published and conducted by the RISE Research Institute on behalf of Pro Carton, underscores the positive contribution of cartonboard packaging to issues of climate change: With 326 kg CO2 eq/t, cartonboard has very low CO2 values within the whole value chain, making it the packaging with the lowest environmental impact.
The carbon footprint for carton packaging presented here has been calculated in accordance with the frameworks set out in the 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″. As recommended by these documents, the 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). Carbon contained within the product when it is first placed on the market is also quantified.
In addition to the quantitative results, attention is also drawn to the following statements confirming the unique aspects that should be considered when evaluating the carbon impact of paper-based packaging.