The study conducted by the environmental research firm PE International also concludes that cans are 2 percent lighter than in 2010 and the lightest beverage option available. They also require 14 percent less energy to manufacture compared with 2010. The new study updates a lifecycle assessment study released that year, according to a news release from the Arlington, Va.-based Aluminum Association.
The study surveyed can sheet producers and can manufacturers representing nearly 100 percent of production in 2012 in the United States and Canada.
“This new data reinforces the tremendous sustainability advantages when consumers choose to enjoy their beverage of choice from an infinitely recyclable aluminum can,” said Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association.