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Improvement In Carbon Footprint Of The Tuna Can Belgium, March 20, 13

Empac, European Metal Packaging, and its supply chain partners, recently completed a study on the environmental performance of the iconic 3-piece 425ml steel food can, however the trend can also be applied to a 2 piece tuna can.
The study shows 3-piece 425ml steel that the can’s carbon footprint has been reduced, on average, by an impressive 30% between the period 2000-2010. This result proves that the metal packaging industry continues to achieve more with less, being thus aligned with the European Union’s resource efficiency roadmap and the need for effective resource conservation.
This compelling reduction in the CO2 footprint has been achieved through a consistent decrease in the average can weight delivered to customers, combined with a substantial increase in steel recycling rates.
Since 2000, the average can weight has dropped by some 6% while the average European recycling rate for steel has improved by 44%. Further double-digit savings can be achieved, in the medium term, with advances in both weight reduction and steel recycling rates.
This study illustrates how European food can manufacturers have successfully decoupled economic growth from environmental impact. Today, food cans are lighter, safer, stronger and even more sustainable, and will continue to play a key and responsible role in the food chain.