Enhanced Resource Efficiency with Packaging Steel

  • Evelyne Frauman
  • Norbert Hatscher
Conference paper


Packaging steel is used for the safe and efficient distribution of different products worldwide. In the long line of improvement of steel packaging the total volume of canned products per tonne of packaging steel has increased dramatically in the last 50 years. This result is directly linked to a better use of the resources necessary for making packaging steel. The recycling rate for packaging steel in the EU is now over 70%. Efficient recycling can be seen as a multi-use system from the material point of view. The recycling of the core material enables the industry to avoid a CO2 burden in the production route. These above mentioned characteristics have to be taken into account when studying the life cycle of packaging steel. Resource efficiency has direct effects on other life cycle parameters such as greenhouse gas emissions or energy use. This will be shown in some examples. An outlook for future developments will be given as well.


Life Cycle Assessment Life Cycle Analysis Recycling Rate Steel Scrap Canned Product 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL)BrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Stahlinstitut VDEh im Stahl-ZentrumDüsseldorfGermany

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