Life cycle assessment reveals which wine package has lowest climate impact

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As climate change becomes an ever-more urgent challenge, environmentally aware consumers are actively seeking out low-carbon products.

With a number of wine packaging solutions available on store shelves, how should these consumers think – and act – when it comes to buying wine? Which alternative has the lowest total climate impact (in terms of carbon dioxide emissions) over the life cycle of the package?

That is what a 2010 peer-reviewed study conducted by Bio Intelligence Service and sponsored by, among others, Systembolaget Sweden, Vinmonopolet Norway, and Tetra Pak, set out to investigate.

The study took the form of a life cycle assessment (LCA) to evaluate the environmental impacts of different wine package alternatives throughout all stages of their life cycle – from extraction of natural resources to final disposal. The use of resources (material, energy, water), the emissions and waste generated were identified for every phase and process in the product life cycle. These contribute to different kinds of environmental impacts such as resource depletion or global warming.

To download an executive summary of the Nordic Life Cycle Assessment Wine Package Study, fill in the form below.

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