ACE members have a long history in addressing all relevant environmental aspects in the life cycle of a beverage carton as a lever for continuous improvement. Beverage carton producers are constantly monitoring and striving to reduce their products' environmental impacts along the life cycle.
To assess the carbon footprint of beverage cartons, numerous Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) have been undertaken by the industry and leading environmental research institutes. Most studies have shown that beverage cartons have the lowest carbon footprint in its core categories of milk and juice.
Water plays a central role in the liquid paperboard (LPB) production process – the main ingredient of a beverage carton. Freshwater is becoming scarcer and its uneven distribution will increase. ACE members are proactively engaged in assessing and addressing water-related risks. It is daily practice for ACE members to monitor water use at their paper mills, the consequent effluents and their effects on the recipient water bodies.