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APT Selects FirstCarbon for GHG Reporting

Associated Packaging Technologies (APT) announced it has selected FirstCarbon Solutions to help it create an inventory of its carbon footprint and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

According to the company, FirstCarbon will help APT create an auditable GHG report, align reporting to the standards of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), and help the manufacturer reduce emissions across its supply chain.

The Pennsylvania-based company makes plastic food trays for the North American frozen food industry, and says it is the largest manufacturer of Crystallized Polyethylene Terephthalate (CPET) containers for the food industry.

The company said FirstCarbon helped it establish an emissions baseline, which will eventually allow the company to expand reporting to Scope 3 emissions and calculate GHG footprints for each of the 2.5 billion CPET containers it produces annually.

According to the press release APT used FirstCarbon’s recently released ghgTrack software, one of several new applications entering the market that are geared toward helping companies track and reduce GHG emission throughout their supply chains. Enviance and iReuse have also come out with their own GHG accounting tools.

The carbon software accounting market exceeded $380 million in 2009, according to one report, and is expected to increase significantly by 2011.

FirstCarbon recently received accreditation as a GHG reporting entity by the California Air Resources Board.

APT recently partnered with ConAgra to include between 30 to 40 percent post-consumer recycled plastic in its frozen meal trays, a move estimated to divert approximately 8 million pounds of plastic from landfills annually. It was recently acquired by fellow frozen-food container maker Sonoco for $120 million. Sonoco said it has committed to reducing GHG emissions from its 121 manufacturing sites in North America by 15 percent over the next five years, using 2008 as a baseline.

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