Environmental Overview: Complete Life Cycle Assessment of North American Container Glass

Posted on 4/21/2015 10:18:10 AM By Glass Packaging Institute

The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) complete life cycle assessment (LCA) represents the most comprehensive collection of data and analysis ever conducted on the environmental impact of the glass container industry in North America. The research collected data from 105 furnaces representing 75 percent of North American glass container production. The North American glass container industry creates glass containers for wines, beers, foods, jams, condiments, spirits, non-alcoholic beverages, and cosmetics.

GPI container manufacturers provided current life cycle inventory data on container glass production for this study. The study was conducted in parallel with a study for the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) and its member companies. This approach generated an internationally comprehensive set of data on the production of container glass. The methods employed in developing the life cycle impacts are comparable between the two studies, and life cycle assessment and glass experts conducted both studies according to strict ISO 14040/44 guidelines; both studies also underwent a rigorous critical independent peer review.

Life Cycle Assessments allow for analysis at various stages of a product’s life cycle...

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