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DuPont Packaging Graphics - North America

Life Cycle Assessment

ISO CertificationThe ISO 14000 group of standards addresses various aspects of environmental management. Using ISO 14040 guidelines, DuPont performed a Life Cycle Analysis assessing flexographic plate imaging technologies and also comparing flexographic and rotogravure printing.

The LCA was reviewed and the results verified by an independent third party.

1. Compare Flexo to GravureThe first step was to compare the carbon footprint of flexo to gravure based on comparable substrate and printed area. Flexo had a 50% savings in greenhouse gas generation and non-renewable energy consumption.

Original LCA Flexo vs. RoroGravure 
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2. Compare Cyrel® to Cyrel® FASTThe next step was to compare the carbon footprint of solvent washout Cyrel® to Cyrel® FAST based on an equivalent volume of processed plates. Cyrel® FAST had a 53% savings in greenhouse gas generation and a 63% reduction in non-renewable energy consumption.

 

Updated LCA - Solvent vs. Thermal
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