PDL Cigarette Papers, leading the way in ecodesign cigarette papers
PDL Cigarette Papers, a pioneer in the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of cigarette papers.
Launched in 2008 on its range of thin papers for printing and publishing, the technique has now been perfectly mastered internally and is being applied to cigarette papers. This first LCA is a considerable challenge for the company. With the opportunity to eco-design its products, PDL Cigarette Papers is becoming a key player on the market.
The LCA is a form of continual improvement in that it is a means to an end, the aim being to optimise the process and the product from an environmental point of view. Thus, by identifying the different stages of the life cycle of cigarette paper “from-cradle-to-gate”, namely from the extraction of raw materials up to the delivery to the customer, then assessing the environmental impact of each stage, PDL Cigarette Papers then knows what aspects to work on to reduce its ecological footprint.
To validate and certify the results of the LCAs carried out, PDL Cigarette Papers is working in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The first LCA on cigarette paper was carried out in the first half of 2012 on RYO (Roll Your Own) paper, an 18 gsm verge paper. The functional unit used to carry out this analysis was 1 m² of paper.
The 13 indicators considered in the analysis are representative of the key issues relating to the paper sector, classifying between the following four elements: energy, air, water and earth.
The findings of the LCA on 18g verge paper are as follows:
The production of paper pulp is the stage with the heaviest impact on almost all of the indicators studied (30 to 90% of the total impact).
The manufacturing phase has a significant impact on the greenhouse effect indicators, consumption of raw materials, production of waste and extraction of water.
The production of the other raw materials has little impact.
The packaging and transport phase is negligible, due to side wastes products being managed in an internal loop and packaging waste being managed.
Therefore, in order to improve the environmental profile of our cigarette papers, we have developed an action plan including the implementation and/or continuation of the following processes:
optimisation of cooking process and bleaching in our pulp plant,
selection of the most “virtuous” suppliers,
promotion of energy obtained from renewable resources with, principally, the start-up of the biomass boiler on the PDL site and the construction of PDV’s, the site where cigarette papers are converted and packaged,
continuation of our “eco-leak” programme,
our participation in the “Équilibre” project intended to reduce CO2 emissions related to transport.
For PDL Cigarette Papers, the environment is an ever-present concern which is taken into account in all of its everyday actions and decisions.
You can find comprehensive information about the methodology used for LCAs on our website www.pdlcigarettepapers.com