Aliplast measures the carbon footprint of its products
In order to make available information on the carbon footprint (CFP) of some products, Aliplast has developed a computer tool to rapidly calculate the CFP on five types of product: PE granules, PE films, PET granules, PET plates, PET scales.
Aliplast commissioned this study to understand the environmental performance in relation to global warming of the above products, and therefore the quantity of greenhouse gas emission per functional unit of product (set as 1 kg), to identify the most environmentally critical phases of their life cycles and be able to act to reduce their environmental impact. The method used is IPCC 2013 GWP 100°, version 1.03.
The project involved analysing the greenhouse gas emissions of Aliplast products and comparing them with those of the corresponding virgin products. The result is expressed in kg of CO2 equivalents associated with production. The CO2 equivalent is, in fact, the measure used to describe the rate of emission of a mixture of greenhouse gases with different climate-altering effects using a single index (the so-called GWP, Global Warming Potential). CO2 has been taken as a reference by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and its GWP set at 1. The other gases are therefore converted into CO2 equivalents according to their GWP: for example, a gas that has climate-changing potential 21 times higher than CO2, is counted as 21 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.
The analysis showed that in 2017, the production of more than 80 thousand tonnes including PE Granules, PE Films, PET Granules and regenerated PET plate, avoided the production of more than 150 thousand tonnes of CO2, corresponding to more than 385 thousand barrels of oil. The CO2 savings obtained thanks to the contribution of suppliers and customers who believe in Aliplast’s recycled products is equivalent to a reduction of more than 100,000 cars in a year, equal to those of an average Italian city.
Aliplast intends to extend the analysis to all the Group’s production plants and to start from them to obtain even better performance with its future industrial developments.