Corrugated Life Cycle Assessment

The corrugated industry released its second life cycle assessment report on June 4, 2014 measuring and documenting the cradle-to-cradle environmental impact of corrugated packaging manufactured in 2010. The new study builds on the first-ever U.S. corrugated-industry LCA, released In 2010.

Information about the new study results is available here:
  • News Release - Corrugated Industry Significantly Improves Environmental Performance: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduced 32% From 2006 to 2010.
  • LCA Summary Report - A 26-page PDF document that includes graphs and diagrams detailing the study findings. (Downloadable PDF)
  • Full LCA Report (revised August 2014) - The entire technical report (213 pages) detailing the life-cycle assessment study for a 1-kg. industry-average corrugated product. (Downloadable PDF - 4.2 MB)
  • Webinar Slide Presentation - Study highlights presented in a June 3, 2014 corrugated industry Webinar to explain LCA results. (Downloadable PDF)
  • Webinar Audio Recording - Webinar presentation provided to industry members on June 3, 2014.
  • FAQs - Answers to questions that readers may have about the LCA. (Downloadable PDF)
  • Carbon Footprint CalculatorThis calculator estimates the carbon footprint, the non-renewable energy and renewable energy associated with the life cycle of corrugated containers (assuming 8% moisture content) constructed from the average containerboard produced in the United States.
  • 2010 Corrugated Industry Life Cycle Assessment
  • Infographic (Downloadable PDF)