We represent our members' interests towards policy makers and, as a knowledge partner, are dedicated to constructively contribute to EU policies relevant to our industry.
Metal Packaging Europe positioning throughout the revision of WFD & PPWD
Metal Packaging Europe constructively engages with the European institutions on the Circular Economy Package, including the revision process of the WFD and PPWD.
We consider the following points as crucial to encourage the transition towards a Circular Economy in Europe: a single harmonised measurement point that ensures real recycling, ambitious recycling targets based on an ex-ante impact assessment, reference to multiple recycling, and safeguarding the PPWD’s Internal Market legal base.
For more details see our positions below.
Joint industry packaging value chain recommendations for the legislative review of the WFD and PPWD
Together with 35 other packaging value chain partners, Metal Packaging Europe provides cross-industry recommendations for the legislative review of the WFD and the PPWD in the upcoming months.
Common industry call to safeguard single market
Together with 127 other industry associations, we urge the European institutions to safeguard the Internal Market legal base (Article 114 TFEU) of the PPWD to ensure its dual objective of the free circulation of packaging and packaged goods, as well as effective packaging waste management.
Circular Economy in a nutshell
The Circular Economy Package has introduced a fundamental shift in packaging and packaging waste policy, making circularity the reference point. The Circular Economy Package is crucial starting point for a successful transition to a circular economy, in which the value of products, materials, and resources is maintained in the economy for as long as possible. Find out what it implies and where metal packaging is placed in the below factsheet.
Economic Footprint: Consumer rigid metal packaging in Europe
Our membership covers more than 760 companies, employing over 177,000 people. 90% of member companies are small and medium-sized enterprises. Together, they produce some 98bn units every year for the beverage, food, health & beauty, household and industrial markets. Find out more about the metal packaging industry in Europe in the factsheet below.
Concept of Permanent Materials
In order to move towards a true resource efficient 'Recycling Society', it is key that we make a clear distinction between recycling which leads to gradual degradation of the material and recycling which keeps the material in the loop without losing its intrinsic characteristics. Made from permanent materials, metal packaging saves resources and it ideally placed to contribute to the Circular Economy.
To learn about the two pillars of the Concept of Permanent Materials, i.e. inherent material properties and material stewardship, please see the Carbotech study. A summary and presentation are also available for download below.
Find out more about our sustainability story here.
LCA & LCI Dataset
The Metal Packaging Europe Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies identify the average environmental impacts of metal packaging manufactured in Europe throughout its life cycle. The reports showcase the industry’s contribution to sustainable development, which is perfectly aligned with circular economy thinking.
Two LCAs are available respectively for beverage cans and for non-beverage packaging: the former covers aluminium beverage cans (25, 33, 50 cl) based on 2016 production data, the latter covers aerosol, food, general line, and speciality sectors based on 2013 production data. For LCA modelling, the Life Cycle Inventories (LCIs) are available for the life cycle (cradle-to-gate + End-of-Life) and for the can-manufacturing phase.
The Metal Packaging Europe Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies are ISO 14040/44 compliant and were conducted by RDC Environment, an independent international environmental consultancy firm, and peer-reviewed by Solinnen, an environmental consultancy specialised in LCA practices.”
Aluminium beverage cans
Aluminium beverage can recycling in 2020 remains high at 73% despite the impact of the new EU recycling reporting rulesDownload
Aluminium beverage can recycling remains at a high 76% in 2019Download
LCA of alu bev cans in Europe – Methodological reportDownload
LCA of alu bev cans in Europe – Executive SummaryDownload
Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) of the alu bev cans LCA studyDownload
Metal Packaging (excluding beverage cans)
Recycled content and the case for metal packaging
In the case of rigid metal packaging, only recycling will pay off: Recycling brings an environmental benefit no matter for which metal application the recycled material is subsequently used – the material loop is working. Whatever the next application or product (automotive, construction, packaging etc.), the environmental benefit occurs at the time of re-melting the collected metal packaging (when scrap substitutes primary material) and not at the point of re-shaping the secondary material.
Both, steel and aluminium, face a strong multi-market demand for scrap, which has always exceeded the supply of scrap. Given this market situation, a recycled content approach would divert the scrap flow from one stream to another, adding potential system costs and bringing no added environmental benefit.
Recycled content and metal packaging in the context of LCA modelling
In LCAs for metal packaging, the end of life recycling rate approach should be used as most adequate proxy. See further explanation in 'Recycled content and metal packaging in the context of LCA modelling'.