Assessment reveals corrugated packaging industry’s strides in emissions reduction

The Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA), an initiative sponsored by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), AICC – the Independent Packaging Association, the Fibre Box Association and TAPPI, recently released the results of a life cycle assessment (LCA) that revealed the corrugated packaging industry has made strides in reducing its environmental impact, with recycling infrastructure being a key driver of that progress.

The study, conducted by London-based Anthesis and Cary, North Carolina-based National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, evaluated the environmental performance of a United States industry-average corrugated product throughout its entire life cycle. It was based on information from containerboard mills representing approximately 69 percent of U.S. containerboard production in 2020 as well as converting facilities representing about 57 percent of 2020 U.S. corrugated shipments.