This week, Cepi was joined by The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland to discuss the existing carbon footprint methods, their benefits and future.
In 2007, Cepi was one of the first to propose a common framework, enabling companies to undertake carbon footprints for paper and board products, as there was no standardised approach for their development at that time. This was the Cepi Ten Toes. Since then, three major, internationally recognised product-related carbon footprint protocols and frameworks have been published.
A revision of this common framework has been undertaken in 2017 to update the methods to be more aligned with the methods proposed in ISO 14067, GHG Protocol and PEF Guidance documents.
As the Commission proposes the PEF to be a basis for Green Claims in the future, it is timely to learn what are the differences of a carbon footprint (CO2 eq.) calculated according to both Ten toes and PEF.
In March 2021, The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) launched the Beverage Carton Roadmap to 2030 and Beyond, outlining the industry’s ambitious commitments and vision: to deliver the most sustainable packaging for resilient food supply systems which is renewable, climate positive and circular. ACE has committed to develop a carbon balance project to report its vision which will identify new methodologies that goes beyond LCAs and can identify the positive contribution of sustainable material choices. To get a positive message and positive impacts quantified, a new method called the Handprint has been developed and VTT has been pioneering this field.
Ten toes and PEF: the differences.
What is the future of footprint calculations?
Sustainability and Chemicals Manager
Beverage Carton Roadmap to 2030 and Beyond and the Carbon Balance project
Sustainability and Circular Economy Manager
The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE)
Carbon Handprint – How to measure it and what to use it for?
Tiina Pajula Principal Scientist, Sustainable Business
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Questions & Answers