LCA: Sustainability benefits of flexo printing and thermal FAST
The first step in the Life Cycle Assessment was to compare the carbon footprint of flexo to gravure based on comparable substrate and printed area.
Flexographic printing leads to 46% lower NRE consumption and 51% lower GWP than gravure printing
The second step in the Life Cycle Assessment was to compare the carbon footprint of solvent to Cyrel® FAST processing based on an equivalent volume of processed plates.
Platemaking with Cyrel® FAST leads to 56% lower non-renewable energy consumption and 38% lower global warming potential
The original DuPont life cycle assessment (LCA)(1) has been updated using the Ecoinvent 3(2) database for relevant inputs and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment(3) values for the global warming potential impact method. The impacts studied remained the same as the original study (global warming potential (GWP) and non-renewable energy (NRE) consumption).
The environmental impacts considered in this study are primary non-renewable energy consumption (fossil and nuclear) and global warming potential.
An update from the original study is the use of the latest GWP impact assessment methodology. A period of 100 years is customary and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (100 yr) methodology is applied in this study using the values from the 5th Assessment.
Understand how the downgauging in the corrugated printing can generate benefits for the value chain
Downgauging is known among packaging customers to be one of the ways to become more sustainable, and the same logic can be applied to the printing plate as well. The thinner your plate is, less material will be used to make that plate, which makes it more environmentally sustainable since less material used means less waste.
The environmental impact of imaging and processing a .155” plate compared by DuPont to a .250” plate, has a 25% lower non-renewable energy use and 27% lower global warming potential impact.
DuPont™ Cyrel® FAST technology brings your package to life faster, cleaner and more reliably. We turn complicated operations into solutions making your business more efficient, robust and sustainable.
The DuPont™ Cyrel® FAST 2000 & 3000 TD is the result of 20 years of engineering experience in thermal processors. The fully thought over design takes reliability, consistency and quality to today's required levels – and beyond.
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