Life Cycle Assessments
Life Cycle Assessment Guidelines for Packaging
A Quebec first! Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) and the Conseil de la transformation agroalimentaire et des produits de consommation (CTAC) released a new best practices tool for packaging optimization to encourage and facilitate environmental life cycle assessments by food processing companies.
A Response to Market and Legislative Requirements
The LCA Guidelines for Packaging (the "Guidelines") were developed by Quantis. They provide LCA consultants with methodological indicators, therefore guaranteeing standardization of technological quality and scientific rigour as well as providing consistency and credibility to studies produced for client companies.
The Guidelines are a response to consumer demand for more environmentally-friendly products and provide the best option for food processing companies who must deal with regulatory and economic constraints related to:
- environmental performance and labeling;
- the transfer of full responsibility to ÉEQ contributors for the compensation of net costs for the curbside recycling of packaging and printed matter by 2013;
- increases in the cost of energy, transportation and raw materials as well as the handling of waste.
The Guidelines enable companies to reap significant benefits, including:
- a reduction in the unit cost of LCA projects;
- time and resource savings, which result in better focused objectives;
- standardization of methodologies to ensure study quality and consistency;
- improvement in the comparative process and communication of LCA results.
This project was carried out thanks to financial support from ÉEQ and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Program (ACAAF), through the Conseil régional d'adaptation, and the Fonds de développement de la transformation alimentaire inc. (FDTA).
By adopting the Guidelines before March 31, 2014, companies may take advantage of generous subsidies offered by the FDTA.
The Guidelines are in line with the "Eco-Design" Area of Activity outlined in the Voluntary Code for the Optimization of Containers, Packaging and Printed Matter launched by ÉEQ on September 15, 2011.