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Eco-Design and Product Carbon Footprint Use in the Packaging Sector

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Abstract

Packaging products are common in all industrial sectors and in the market place. However, packaging design needs to be optimized while avoiding superfluous designs that do not consider the environment in their design. Directive 94/62/EC established a framework in order to harmonize the environmental requirements for packaging as well as to determine targets for recycling and recovering packaging waste. In this chapter, the eco-design projects of different sectors are presented in order to show the different strategies that are used to improve the environmental performance of packaging products. The carbon footprint of the products is quantified and used as an environmental indicator. Common strategies to reduce the carbon footprint of packaging are optimizing the volume (and therefore reducing the transportation requirements), using renewable materials, and optimizing the end-of-life management.

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  • Eco-design
  • Carbon footprint
  • Industrial ecology
  • Packaging
  • Sustainable manufacturing

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The authors would like to thank Embamat, KH Lloreda, Lamp, Arcadié, and Escribà enterprises for their participation in the eco-design project and for supplying data; the Catalan Government for financing the Catalan Ecodesign program; and the Spanish Ministerio de Educación for awarding research scholarships to Esther Sanyé Mengual (AP2010-4044).

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Sanyé-Mengual, E., Lozano, R.G., Oliver-Solà, J., Gasol, C.M., Rieradevall, J. (2014). Eco-Design and Product Carbon Footprint Use in the Packaging Sector. In: Muthu, S. (eds) Assessment of Carbon Footprint in Different Industrial Sectors, Volume 1. EcoProduction. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-4560-41-2_9

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