CHINA – TÜV Rheinland has certified Dow’s all-PE recyclable packaging in China as capable of reducing life cycle carbon emissions by 35%, supporting brand owners in achieving their carbon reduction goals.
TÜV Rheinland, a leading global testing service provider, has certified that the all-PE recyclable packaging created with Dow’s Innate TF-BOPE (TF-BOPE) emits 0.0194 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) during its lifecycle.
In contrast, traditional stand-up pouches made with PE and PET composite materials emit 0.0297 kg CO2e.
“This certification is testament to the value of Dow’s recyclable packaging solutions in supporting customers to achieve their carbon reduction goals,” says Bambang Candra, Asia Pacific commercial vice president of Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics.
“Adopting recyclable packaging is a step in the right direction to advance a sustainable future. We strive to continue working closely with our partners to promote the circular economy for plastics.”
The verification and validation process calculated the carbon emissions from cradle to grave. It included site visits to Fujian Kaida, the packaging manufacturer in China, and Luhai, a Chinese integrated waste management company.
It also included product document reviews and interviews with operational, technical and EH&S subject matter experts from Kaida and Luhai.
This recyclable packaging solution has been adopted by Liby for the laundry pods. By replacing all its unrecyclable flexible packaging with Dow’s recyclable packaging solution by 2025, Liby estimates that 4 million kg of CO2e can be saved every year.
The company’s plans align with the country’s effort to peak its carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.
The country plans to bring wind and solar capacity to 1,200 gigawatts by the end of the decade, build more hydropower and nuclear plants and further develop natural gas resources.
In addition to new solar and wind farms, new hydroelectric dams would also be built on the upper reaches of the Chang Jiang, Mekong, and Yellow river.
China will also make more use of new-generation nuclear technology, including small-scale offshore reactors.
The country also plans to promote natural gas as well as non-conventional oil and gas, including coalbed methane, even though they are fossil fuels and sources of carbon dioxide.
The collective efforts to reduce CO2e emissions will require the adoption of innovative technologies in all sectors and industries.
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