Academic Lifecycle Study Favors EUR/EPAL Pallets

New research by the Polytechnic of Milan confirms the significant environmental benefits that EUR/EPAL exchangeable pallets have compared to their pooled plastic equivalents or to one-trip wooden pallets, according to an announcement by EPAL.

The study was commissioned in 2010 by the Italian National Committee, ConLegno, with the support of EPAL, to measure the environmental lifecycle of EUR/EPAL pallets. It concluded that when considering the combined impact of carbon emissions and the use of soil and fossil fuels an EUR/EPAL exchangeable pallet has an impact five times smaller than a plastic pallet. It found the timber used in single pallet would have absorbed from the atmosphere 18.4kg of carbon, which it will store until the end of its useful life.

The research was carried out by the Department of Chemistry, Chemical and Material engineering (NATTA) and coordinated by Professor John Dotelli, according to ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 standards. The findings of the Milan study have been corroborated further by work at Penn State University, which also supported the theory that timber pallets are more beneficial to the environment.

Alan Keates, Brepal Chairman said: “This study provides yet more evidence that timber is clearly the material of choice for pallets and packaging, by virtue of its overall lower impact on the environment compared to other materials. The wood used in the 66,816,972 pallets manufactured as a part of the EPAL business in 2010 alone would account for approximately 1.23 million tonnes of carbon removed from the atmosphere and stored.

Source: EPAL

Comments

  1. judd michael says:

    Rick,
    I think you meant to say Penn State University not U Penn as the reference for where the earlier life cycle work had been done.
    Judd

  2. It’s good that a study like this was conducted. As an environmentalist, I’ll definitely choose to use the one with less impact to the environment. I’ll bookmark this as a future reference.

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