A product's carbon footprint is the amount of CO2 and other greenhouse gases emitted throughout the entire life cycle of a process or product.
Currently, there is no single standard for calculating the carbon footprint of products and services. Given the complexity of this kind of analysis, the results are not always homogeneous, and thus comparisons are still difficult to make.
In this context, the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) has developed a framework for calculating the carbon footprint of paper and cardboard products based on 10 key elements. The starting point is the capacity of forests (the raw material of paper and cardboard) to absorb CO2 while they grow, thus helping to mitigate climate change. If forests are sustainably managed, trees reproduce and continue sequestering carbon from the atmosphere. In this way a carbon footprint should be seen as a balance between the emission and elimination of greenhouse gases.
Lecta uses this model to calculate the carbon footprint of its coated papers. Direct and indirect emissions related to the production process of pulp, paper and their raw materials, carbon absorption in forests and products, and the impact of the transport of raw materials, including wood and cellulose, to Lecta's mills are taken into account. In 2014, the carbon footprint value of coated papers was 660 kg CO2 per ton of paper, 10% less than in 2012.
Lecta publishes information on CO2 emissions related to manufacturing our products on a regular basis, and implements measures to reduce the environmental impact of its activities on an ongoing basis.