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European Tube Industry Continues Expanding

April 2014 The manufacturers of aluminium, plastic and laminate tubes belonging to the European Tube Manufacturers Association (etma) managed once more to achieve growth of one per cent...  more ›

YOUR TUBE AWARD

September 2013 YOUR TUBE AWARD: A dazzling appearance for the aluminium tube Staging the "International Aluminium Tube Design Award" for the second time, the European Tube...  more ›

100 years aluminium tubes

August 2013 Aluminium tube celebrates centenary: Unique success story began in 1913 Exactly one hundred years ago a new technical development made the industrial scale production...  more ›

etma Tube of the Year 2013 competition

July 2013 etma Tube of the Year 2013 competition Jury focuses on print, design and application   The winners of this year's etma Tube of the Year competition were again...  more ›

Growth in European tube industry bucks trend

March 2013 Growth in European tube industry bucks trend Total production again well over ten billion tubes The member companies of etma, the European tube manufacturers association,...  more ›

etma Tube of the Year 2012 competition

July 2012 etma Tube of the Year 2012 competition: Impressive designs and real innovations This year’s winners in the etma Tube of the Year competition were chosen in...  more ›

Change of leadership at etma: Members elect new president

 June 2012 Change of leadership at etma: Members elect new president Brussels / Düsseldorf. Dr Monika Kopra-Schäfer (Linhardt) is the new president of...  more ›

New service for packaging professionals from etma

May 2012 First issue of Tubes & TRENDS with news and innovations from tube industry   The european tube manufacturers association, etma, has intensified...  more ›

European flexible tube production in 2011: further improvement on record level of previous year

March 2012 Aluminium tubes steady, plastic and laminate tubes record small gain   Tube manufacturers in Europe were able to post further production gains in 2011 even...  more ›

Further increase in European tube production in 2011

September 2011 Following a record result in 2010, European tube producers who are members of etma were able to increase their production by a further two per cent in the first half...  more ›

etma Tube of the Year 2011

August 2011 etma Tube of the Year 2011: innovation on a broad front The members of etma, the European tube manufacturers association, were in a confident mood at their annual...  more ›

Animated film about aluminium tubes

May 2011 The “talents” of the aluminium tube as a casting show The European producers of aluminium tubes present a creative animated film to show off the unique...  more ›

European tube industry booms in 2010

March 2011   With total production of about 10.5 billion tubes the member companies of etma achieved growth of 10 per cent and a new record in 2010. Following the dip in...  more ›

European tube industry impresses with creative closure and dispenser systems

March 2011 How innovative closures open up new market opportunities   The tube industry has strengthened the tube’s position as a packaging material in the...  more ›

Creativity contributes to upswing in European tube industry

January 2011   The design opportunities the tube has to offer are far from exhausted. The member companies of the European tube manufacturers association (etma) clearly...  more ›

Creative designs strengthen brands and marketing

October 2010   The European tube industry has come out of the recession in good shape and its production figures are again close to the record results of 2008. The member...  more ›

Strong upward surge in European tube production in 2010

September 2010 The European tube industry has got off to a flying start this year following the dent in demand in 2009. In the first half of 2010, total production by etma’s member companies...  more ›

European tube industry remains innovative

August 2010 Creativity and new ideas as investment in the future The now traditional ‘Tube of the Year’ competition organised by etma (european tube manufacturers...  more ›

European flexible tubes industry threatened by spurting raw material prices

July 2010 In the first half of 2010 the European flexible tubes industry is enjoying up to two-digit increases in order income, depending on the requested tube diameters and tube types. So etma...  more ›

Martin Hintz elected as etma President

July 2010 On the occasion of the Annual Conference of the european tube manufacturers association (etma) in Munich in June 2010 Mr. Martin Hintz, Vice-President Operations Tube Worldwide of...  more ›

etma members master 2009 economic crisis successfully

April 2010 Tube makers cope with moderate losses in production Cosmetics and pharma fall, toothpaste and food stable Losses for aluminium and plastic tubes, slight gains for laminate...  more ›

European tube industry: inventiveness to tackle economic crisis

February 2010 Despite the global economic crisis, the European tube industry was uncompromisingly ursuing its commitment to innovation and further development, also in the year marking...  more ›

Tube's versatility and presence in consumer-orientated sectors ensure stability in 2009

January 2010   The member companies of etma - european tube manufacturers association have not avoided the economic crisis completely. But in the year when etma celebrated its...  more ›

European standards create strategic benefits: More efficient production, higher standards of quality, even better consumer protection

July 2009 When the european tube manufacturers association, etma, celebrated its golden jubilee at its congress in Istanbul from 10 - 12 June this year, it had good reasons to look back...  more ›

Innovation and flexibility safeguard markets for European tube industry

June 2009 Tubes made from aluminium, plastic or laminate - successful multifaceted trio When the european tube manufacturers association (etma) was founded on 25 April 1959 in Paris,...  more ›

Istanbul to host this year’s congress of the european tube manufacturers association

March 2009 Istanbul to host this year's congress of the european tube manufacturers association This year, Düsseldorf-based etma - european tube manufacturers association will be...  more ›

European tube industry stable despite the economic crisis and presents impressive figures for 2008

March 2009 European tube industry stable despite the economic crisis and presents impressive figures for 2008 Düsseldorf-based etma - european tube manufacturers association is...  more ›

Cost Rises Threaten the European Flexible Tube Industry

After a record production of etma members of 10.1 billion flexible aluminium, plastic and laminate tubes in 2007 demand for flexible tubes in Europe has slowed down recently.   more ›

Tubes of the Year 2008

etma contest „Tube of the Year 2008" Flexible Tube Industry on an Innovation Spree     Innovative packaging with exciting decoration and feel; this is...  more ›

etma's Position Paper on Carbon Footprint 

The “Carbon Footprint“ – an unreliable indicator of environmental sustainability In recent years, the “Carbon Footprint“ has become a popular way of comparing the...  more ›

Record Production Levels in the European Tube Industry

In 2007, the manufacturers of flexible aluminium, plastic and laminate tubes who are organised in the european tube manufacturers association (etma) broke through the 10 billion barrier of tubes...  more ›

European Tube Industry Continues to Gain Ground

European Tube Industry Continues to Gain Ground Following its record year in 2006, the European tube market has remained on the growth track in 2007. In the first half of the year, the...  more ›

Tubes of the Year 2007

etma “Tube of the Year 2007” competition Tube Industry gives Positive Response to Multifunctional Packaging Solutions The role of packaging as a "silent salesman" is of...  more ›

European Tube Market on Course for Success

With a total production volume of 9.8 billion tubes, European manufacturers of aluminium, plastic and laminate tubes achieved record results in 2006 and the industry grew by around 6 % compared...  more ›

Innovative European Tube industry Counts on a Successful Year 2006

The European tube industry expects a new record production output of 10 billion tubes in 2006 based on a sharp rise in deliveries to 5 billion tubes in the first half of the year and...  more ›

Tubes of the Year 2006

etma contest „Tube of the Year 2006“ European flexible tube industry is bubbling over with ideas The consumer of today is extremely demanding due to the variety of products and...  more ›

Tubes of the Year 2005

etma competition “Tube of the Year 2005” Creative ideas stimulate the tube industry Packaging is a highly regarded tool of effective product marketing these days. Because of...  more ›

interpack 2005 - Special Exhibition for Awarded Aluminium Packaging

Press Release interpack 2005 - Special Exhibition for Awarded Aluminium Packaging Brand promotion and convenience are two of the most important driving forces, when it comes to the market...  more ›

Tubes wow us! - From Doses No. 18 2004

Despite a slight drop in current consumption, the tube market has been progressing slowly but steadily over the years. Brands are eager for solutions which add a significant wow factor...  more ›

Tube of the Year 2004

etma contest „Tube of the Year 2004“ The Flexible Tube – Innovation for Shelf Impact and Convenience Changing consumer lifestyles are drivers of change and innovation in...  more ›

etma is online!

Billions of flexible tubes – be it for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, toothpaste or foodstuffs - are used worldwide every day. But only very few consumers have ever tried to find out...  more ›

Tubes for the future... today

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Tube Council Selects New Management Company

Tube Council Selects New Management Company For Immediate Release January 19, 2004 - Naperville, Illinois The Tube Council is pleased to announce that it has selected Landon, Farrey...  more ›

The flexible tube - ideal multifunctional packaging

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Tube of the Year 2003

Be it cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, toothpastes, food, household or technical products, tubes excel by their convincing properties. They meet with consumer needs and give the filler a competitive...  more ›

New design and logo - etma

etma was founded in 1959 and represents the interests of 52 producers of flexible aluminium, plastic and laminate tubes from 19 European countries. Much earlier than the political enlargement...  more ›

Tube of the Year 2002

On the occasion of this year’s annual conference of the European Tube Association (ETA) the contest „Tube of the Year 2002“ was held. The contest comprises the following three...  more ›

Tube of the Year 2001

On the occasion of this year’s annual conference of the European Tube Association (ETA) the contest „Tube of the Year 2001“ was held. The contest comprises the following three...  more ›

Tube of the Year 2000

On the occasion of this year’s annual conference of the European Tube Association (ETA) the contest „Tube of the Year 2000“ was held. The contest comprises the following three...  more ›

Tube of the Year 1999

On the occasion of this year’s annual assembly of the European Tube Association (ETA) the contest „Tube of the Year 1999“ was held. The contest comprises the following three...  more ›

Tube of the Year 1998

On the occasion of this year’s annual assembly of the European Tube Association (ETA) the 16th contest „Tube of the Year“ was held. The contest comprises the following three...  more ›

Tube of the Year 1997

On the occasion of this year’s annual assembly of the European Tube Association (ETA) the 16th contest „Tube of the Year“ was held. The competition comprises the following three...  more ›


 


etma's Position Paper on Carbon Footprint 

The “Carbon Footprint“ – an unreliable indicator of environmental sustainability

In recent years, the “Carbon Footprint“ has become a popular way of comparing the relative environmental impact of goods, services or industrial activities. Companies have seized on it as a way of building a competitive advantage (“Our product has a smaller footprint than yours!“), or measuring improvement (“A smaller footprint means a better product.“), while environmentally conscious procurers and consumers use it to decide between competing offers. And yet, in practice, simply comparing carbon footprints is rarely fair or scientific. Indeed, as a measure of environmental impact or sustainability, it can be quite misleading. There are three main problems.

Misunderstood

The first problem is that many people have only a vague idea of what a carbon footprint is, or means. A carbon footprint measures the amount (expressed in units of CO2 equivalents) of greenhouse gases that enter the atmosphere as the result of a given activity or product. As such, there is nothing wrong with it, and sound environmental accounting methodologies are available for calculating it (ISO 14040, 14044 and 14064). But the carbon footprint tells us only about carbon emissions; it says nothing about total environmental impact. To get an all-round picture, many other factors – acidification, ozone depletion, energy consumption, soil and water pollution, and more – need to be considered. Unfortunately, many people simplistically tend to equate carbon emissions with overall environmental impact, although there is no direct correlation between the two. As a result, if people are invited to compare products purely on the basis of their carbon footprints, those who want to “do the right thing“ for the environment may be led to make precisely the wrong choices.

Too narrow

The second problem is that the scope of the carbon footprint is usually too narrow. Any genuine measure of a product’s or an activity’s environmental impact needs to encompass its total impact over time, i. e. throughout its entire lifecycle. It also needs to consider the wider context. All too often, however, the calculation of the carbon footprint is limited to the production phase, and takes little or no account of the subsequent use and disposal phases. It also neglects contextual effects. For example, many people believe fewer goods should be packaged, on the grounds that, by not using packaging, a certain “footprint“ is saved. But if, as a result of eliminating packaging, the goods perish, then all the environmental impact of producing and transporting them will have been for nothing – and the small environmental benefit gained by eliminating packaging will be more than outweighed by the loss of the goods.

Difficult to compare like with like

The third problem is that it is often impossible to compare like with like. In calculating a footprint, we need to make certain assumptions – predicting the conditions under which certain activities will take place, for instance, or how a product will be used. Obviously, the reliability of the resulting footprint will depend crucially on how accurate these assumptions are. If one footprint is calculated on the basis of realistic assumptions, while another is based on an overly optimistic or idealised scenario, then clearly any comparison between the two will be meaningless.

Towards a more comprehensive approach

For the above reasons, the european tube manufacturers association agrees with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and other organisations that the carbon footprint should never be used as the sole basis for making purchasing decisions or improving goods or services. If we want to attain sustainable production and consumption, many other aspects need to be taken into account – including not only environmental, but also economic and social dimensions. And on the environmental front, the carbon footprint is only one of many factors that need to be considered. Decisions about packaging, for instance, mean finding a balance between the functional benefits of different materials, cost, end-of-life treatment, and a whole host of other factors.

Simply comparing footprints as presently calculated would be hardly better than flipping a coin. The european tube manufacturers association believes that, with relatively little extra effort and cost, and using much of the same data, a more complete Life Cycle Assessment method could be used, resulting in a measure of environmental impact that is fairer, more comprehensive and more transparent.

 

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