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No Time To Waste (2018)

Project > Jump-starting the LC Packaging sustainability journey

LC Packaging serves customers across the globe with packaging products to protect, preserve and transport goods. Except was requested to assess its baseline sustainability performance.

At product level we examined reusing Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBCs) and found a significant CO2 emission reduction potential. At corporate level we investigated energy and water use, waste generation and CO2 emission. See below for our main findings.

LC Packaging Introduction

 LC Packaging is a family business that has been active in the packaging industry since 1923. From handling jute bags to an importer of packaging to a manufacturer and distributor, now with its own manufacturing facilities in Europe, Asia and Africa.

LC Packaging grew from a one-man business to a multinational with over 1000 employees and a turnover of €163 million in 2016. With offices and plants in 16 countries worldwide, a storage capacity of more than 70,000 m² and an extensive distribution network, it is a leading company in packaging specialising in agricultural packaging and FIBC.

“With growing knowledge and consciousness of finite resources and net positive impact comes a responsibility to act.”
“I believe a sustainable business is diverse and fun to lead and has a business model that survives in the long term.”
Lucas Lammers, CEO

Its Journey towards Sustainability

LC Packaging’s vision is to ensure a sustainable future, considering next generations, customers, employees and manufacturing partners, striving to include all stakeholders in its quest to provide sustainable packaging solutions. The company minimizes the impact on the environment, the waste of valuable products, while enriching communities in which it operates.

With a broad international reach LC Packaging draws resources from the world and converts them into products and services. LC Packaging is aware of its related impact and considers changing its operations and investments to create sustainable value.

LC Packaging identifies four areas of commitment;

  • improve the wellbeing of people,
  • create supply chain sustainability,
  • develop sustainable packaging solutions,
  • minimize the impact on the environment.

An effective journey starts by creating one language, gaining insight in key performance indicators and determining a baseline. Then identifying and prioritizing areas of improvement and communicating about actions.

To minimize impact on the environment LC Packaging requested Except to first establish baselines for energy and water use, waste generation and CO2 emissions. Based on our findings, improvement goals were set and integrated in the LC Packaging Sustainability Vision 2022.

FIBC product impact

This sustainability analysis concerns a comparison between various FIBCs and their environmental impact when considering greenhouse gas emissions. The first  comparison is between a standard FIBC and one that is    reconditioned  by    Worldbag, a part of LC Packaging group. The second comparison is  between a series of FIBCs representing a broader portfolio. The purpose is   to communicate findings in order to stimulate reuse and portfolio management. 

Main findings;

  • Reconditioning and reusing FIBCs leads to a  43% to 66% reduction in carbon footprint. Reductions depend on the number of reuse-cycles.
  • Increase renewable energy use. A further important carbon footprint reduction when using 100% renewable energy at the Bangladesh operation.
  • Stimulate reuse since the going rate is 5%. Optimizing FIBCs for recycling and stimulating reuse is a significant potential to further reduce its carbon footprint.
  • Consider portfolio management. Matching clients with bags having a lower impact is an option to decrease the FIBC carbon footprint at larger scale.

“In my opinion LC Packaging is a model company that can inspire many other Dutch companies.”
Lilianne Ploumen, Minister of Foreign Trade

Corporate impact assessment

This part of Except's sustainability survey concerned a corporate impact assessment  in the areas of energy and water use, waste generation and CO2 emissions. The process involved 20 international offices and warehouses in Europe. 3 production facilities in Bangladesh, South Africa and The Netherlands and a total of 28 people.

Main findings;

  • Considering the annual report of the Dutch Emission Authority, LC Packaging would be in the lowest eighth part on CO2 emissions.
  • Water consumption can be considered ‘normal'    when using the Dutch Environmental Barometer.
  • More than 80% of waste is currently recovered.
  • Enhancing the quality of the data, the collection, monitoring and reporting process offers opportunities to further increase performance.

Besides the international   GHG Protocol    Except used its own developed   Integrated Quickscan for Sustainability  to establish these baselines.

Future areas of investigation may include energy and water efficiency, biodiversity, waste management, environmental pollution and labor conditions. At a higher level developing strategies towards resilient business models, new markets, and societal value are pathways for long term sustainable growth.


Except Integrated Sustainability

Tim Horsten
CSR Consultant / Engineer

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