BillerudKorsnäs introduces a new life cycle assessment tool

IOM3 Content Cafe
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26 May 2020

Life cycle assessments performed by BillerudKorsnäs, using a new tool that evaluates the environmental impact of different packaging solutions, show that many brands and retailers could reduce the climate impact of their packaging by up to 50%.

Global demand for packaging is rising with sustainability as a strong driver, yet there is a knowledge gap in the market, says Johan Tegell, Business Development Director at BillerudKorsnäs. Many companies are unaware of how much they can reduce their carbon and fresh water footprint from packaging.

Optimising the packaging to the supply chain and choosing suitable raw materials makes a big difference and often small adjustments can make great environmental savings. ‘This was why we introduced a life cycle assessment tool, to provide our customers with environmental insights about their packaging. Most customers are surprised when they see the results and realise the potential savings’ adds Tegell.

The digital tool contains an extensive database on different packaging materials, including data from BillerudKorsnäs’ own findings. By considering parameters related to the packaging, such as material, size, production location, transport, and disposal method, it shows the total life cycle impact for carbon dioxide emissions and water consumption. At BillerudKorsnäs, the tool is mainly used to improve supply chain efficiency and environmental performance for customers with production in Asia. Customers can then use the information in their environmental communications and sustainability reporting.

More data points on different materials are being added and the tool is third party reviewed, the company hope it will help raise packaging’s sustainability profile.