More recycling helps corrugated card packaging reduce its carbon footprint


The carbon footprint of corrugated packaging in Europe has fallen by 4.8 per cent between 2009 to 2011, according to the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO).

This is on top of a reduction of 11.7 per cent since 2006 to 2008 with the average carbon footprint reduced from 784 kg/tonne to 746 kg/tonne between 2009 to 2011.


Part of the reason for this is the increased use of recycled fibre in Europe with the content increasing to 85 per cent by 2012 from 82 per cent in 2009.

However, the main reason behind the fall is reduced electricity use as kraftliner producers in particular have looked to buy less electricity by generating more of their own from sustainable sources such as biofuels.