IFCO Environmental Impact Reduction Estimator

This tool will help estimate the reduction in negative impact on the environment, including greenhouse gas emissions (CO2), acidification, and eutrophication, which can be realized by switching from one-way packaging to reusable plastic containers for fresh produce shipments. For simplicity, greenhouse gas emissions are quantified in terms of number of cars removed, and acidification and eutrophication are quantified in kg of pollution. This calculator was built based on the findings of the Sustainability of Packaging Systems for Fruit and Vegetable Transport in Europe based on Life-Cycle-Analysis, Update 2009, published in February 2009 by Stiftung Initiative Mehrweg

Weight per Case (kg)

RPCs shipped


Cars off the road per year


Reduction in pollution of Earth's ecosystem


Reduction in pollution of Earth's oceans