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LIFE CYCLE INVENTORY OF THREE SINGLE-SERVING SOFT DRINK CONTAINERS

Revised Peer Reviewed Final Report

Prepared for PET Resin Association

By Franklin Associates, A Division of ERG Prairie Village, KS

August, 2009

PREFACE

The report that follows is a Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) of three single-serving soft drink containers. Funding for this project was provided by the PET ResinAssociation (PETRA). At Franklin Associates, the project was managed by Melissa Huff, who served as primary life cycle analyst in modeling, development of report, analyzing results, and responding to peer review comments. Anne Marie Molen provided assistance inputting data into tables. Beverly Sauer provided quality assurance review of the report. Franklin Associates gratefully acknowledgessignificant contributions to this project by Ralph Vasami of PETRA. His efforts added significantly to the quality of the report. The project was peer reviewed by an expert panel consisting of Beth Quay, independent consultant, Dr. Greg Keoleian of the University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems, and Dr. David Allen of the University of Texas Center for Energy and Environmental Resources.The revisions made in response to the peer review panel’s insightful comments added greatly to the quality and credibility of this final report. This study was conducted for PETRA by Franklin Associates as an independent contractor. The findings and conclusions presented in this report are strictly those of Franklin Associates. Franklin Associates makes no statements nor supports any conclusionsother than those presented in this report. August 14, 2009

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Table of Contents
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – LIFE CYCLE INVENTORY OF THREE SOFT DRINK CONTAINERS ................................................................................................................................. ES-1INTRODUCTION....................................................................................................................... ES-1 LCI METHODOLOGY ............................................................................................................... ES-1 GOALS OF THE STUDY ........................................................................................................... ES-1 SYSTEMS STUDIED................................................................................................................. ES-2 SCOPE AND BOUNDARIES ..................................................................................................... ES-3 LIMITATIONS AND ASSUMPTIONS....................................................................................... ES-4 LCI RESULTS............................................................................................................................ ES-4 Energy ...................................................................................................................................... ES-5 Solid Waste............................................................................................................................... ES-7 Greenhouse GasEmissions........................................................................................................ ES-9 LCI CONCLUSIONS ................................................................................................................ ES-11 CHAPTER 1 – SYSTEM DESCRIPTIONS AND LCI ASSUMPTIONS ..........................................1-1INTRODUCTION..........................................................................................................................1-1 Systems Studied ...........................................................................................................................1-1 Functional Unit ............................................................................................................................1-2 Scope and Boundaries...
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