Trade association European Metal Packaging (Empac) and its supply chain partners have updated their carbon footprint model using the latest data available from 2008.

The results reveal a reduction of CO2, equivalent of up to 21% compared with 2006.

Conducted by TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, the study illustrates the industry’s commitment to using key resources in the most efficient and responsible manner possible.

The assessment was approached using a lifecycle model to track greenhouse gas emissions. It includes recording the extraction and processing of raw materials, the manufacture of a product, delivery to customers and the closing of the loop through recycling.

Empac members who submitted data for 2008 include Ardagh Group, Blechwarenfabrik Limburg, Colep, Crown Packaging Europe, Glud & Marstrand, huber Packaging Group, Massilly Group and Silgan Metal Packaging.

Empac CEO Gordon Shade said: “It is part of Empac’s commitment to provide fact-based and unambiguous information on our industry and products. We are pleased with the progress made by our member companies to date and we are confident that by 2020 we will achieve our initial target to reduce CO2 emissions by 30%.”

“The scorecard will continue to be updated on a regular basis and we anticipate a growing number of member companies contributing.”

Conor McGlone

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