Excellent Carbon Footprint of rPET Confirmed
Recycled PET (rPET) from PET Recycling Team GmbH – a wholly owned subsidiary of Alpla based in Wöllersdorf, Lower Austria – results in 79 % lower CO2 emissions compared to new material. A study conducted by denkstatt GmbH on behalf of Alpla came to this conclusion.
The result of the study exceeds previous assumptions. The rPET produced by PET Recycling Team GmbH in Wöllersdorf has a carbon footprint of 0.45 kg CO2 equivalent per kilogram of rPET. Virgin PET, or new material, accounts for a CO2 equivalent of 2.15 kg per kilogram. This corresponds to a CO2 equivalent of 1.7 kg or 79 % lower greenhouse gas emissions for rPET. The carbon footprint was calculated in accordance with ISO 14044, starting with the collection and sorting of used PET bottles, covering transportation to the recycling plant in Wöllersdorf, through to washing, processing and granulating. The analysis is based on the mass and energy balance (electricity and gas consumption) for 2016 at the Wöllersdorf recycling plant in Austria.
Alpla, a leading international producer of plastic packaging solutions, has been working on PET recycling for over 20 years. Although the economic conditions for the recycling of plastic are currently difficult due to the low price of oil, Alpla continues to follow this cornerstone of its sustainability strategy. The company operates recycling enterprises at three sites – a joint venture in Mexico, the wholly owned subsidiary PET Recycling Team in Wöllersdorf and a new recycling plant built in southern Poland in 2013. The annual capacity of these plants is around 65,000 tonnes of food-grade rPET. To highlight the value of recycling PET plastic, Alpla commissioned denkstatt GmbH to calculate the carbon footprint for rPET. The results of the study encourage Alpla in their endeavors. Wöllersdorf plant manager Peter Fröschel says: "The savings for a single kilogram of rPET are enough to power a 13-watt bulb continuously for twenty days in the Austrian power mix."
ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG
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