We believe it is very important to regularly track and measure the impact we have on the environment. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a methodology to identify, measure, and evaluate all the energy and material flows that result from producing packaging film.
Climate impact of packaging material is relatively small
According to a LCA study conducted by Brandt & Pilz (July 2011) more carbon emissions would be produced if plastic packaging were to be substituted by alternative packaging materials. The main reasons being that plastic packaging provide the same function with significantly less material, it prevents food waste and is easy to recycle and reuse.
LCA studies on several of our packaging films in 2019 enabled us to understand which phases in the production process have the most significant impact on the environment and identify the areas we need to further develop.
The bar graph illustrates the difference in carbon output between a packaging film made from virgin polyethylene and the same film made from 50% recycled polyethylene. It shows how we can reduce the carbon footprint by increasing the share of recycled plastic raw material in our packaging films.
The pie-chart breaks down Rani Plast’s operational carbon footprint into its constituent parts, revealing that transport and electricity are the two biggest drivers of carbon emissions. Rani Plast has already taken measures to reduce its carbon footprint by switching to 100% renewable electricity sources. We are aiming for carbon neutral production by 2035.