Packaging giant Amcor Ltd. has a new life cycle assessment service consumer brands can use to share their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint with their customers.
Brands using the Advanced Sustainability Stewardship Evaluation Tool, or ASSET, have the option to carry the "Reducing CO2 Packaging" label from the Carbon Trust on packaging made by Amcor.
ASSET first launched more than 10 years ago as a software tool in the company's product development process. It enables Amcor to apply a life cycle-based approach to identify opportunities to improve the sustainability of packaging solutions.
Detailed packaging life cycle reports provide data-based comparisons of the environmental impact of different packaging solutions, enabling brand owners to make informed packaging decisions. In financial year 2020, Amcor conducted 1,459 assessments using ASSET, bringing the total number of assessments in the database to 9,614.
"We work with customers to help them measure and reduce their packaging's carbon footprint," said Gerald Rebitzer, sustainability director for Amcor Flexibles. "This can be achieved by using lower-impact materials such as films made from plant-based material instead of fossil-fuels; by designing for recycling streams; light weighting and other methods."
The system's methodology and reporting content is certified by the Carbon Trust, a global leader in carbon management and carbon footprint certification based in London. Every year, the Carbon Trust audits and certifies the methodology used in ASSET, so brands can be assured that their life cycle assessments are up to date and meet relevant industry standards, Amcor said in a news release.
Products carrying the Reducing CO2 label are certified to have achieved a reduction of their carbon footprint year over year. The label indicates that the company has committed to achieving ongoing footprint reductions.
"Consumers are concerned about climate change and want to reward those brands that demonstrate they are taking action," Rebitzer said.
The label is available for use on packaging that can show at least a 20 percent reduction in the carbon footprint. The first Amcor customer pilot for the labeling service has been successfully completed. Other uses are expect to accelerate in coming months.