CLM food packaging lifecycle emissions

The AMEE category /embodied/clm/packaging contains data on the greenhouse gas emissions associated with a variety of food packaging products sourced from the Centre for Agriculture and Environment (CLM). This data is based on a life-cycle analysis of packaging based around formulas, assumptions and emission factors as described in the protocols for the Dutch National Inventory Report and the IPCC assessment reports for determining agricultural emissions. See here for more details of the source and methodology used in deriving this dataset.

This category provides functionality for calculating greenhouse gas emissions associated with the use of food packaging. As well as emissions factors for each food type, the precise life-cycle boundaries which are represented by these data and emissions calculations are available for each packaging type.

How to use this category

Choosing a specific emissions scenario

To make greenhouse gas emissions using this category, specify the packaging type, subtype, and production method using the type, subtype and productionMethod drill-down choices. In many cases, a particular data item can be identified, and a corresponding profile item created, without requiring the specification of all drill choices. A final drill-down choice represents the geographic region of packaging production. There is currently only one region represented ('europe (netherlands)') and therefore this choice does not have to be explicitly made in order to identify a specific data item. It is best practise, however, to specify this explicitly using the geographicalRegion drill-down choice.

Specifying activity data

Greenhouse gas emissions, according to this methodology are proportionate to the quantity of packaging used, and therefore this quantity must be specified using the mass profile item value.

Results and calculation

The returned amount represents CO2e emissions associated with the life-cycle of the specified quantity of packaging.

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