Greenhouse Gas Advantage (Steel Pallet)Posted: April 4, 2011
How does a lightweight steel pallet compare against any plastic pallet on the Co2 carbon dioxide emissions factor? (With acknowledgement)
A 25 Kg plastic pallet from anywhere costs about 150 Kg of greenhouse gas to produce because approximately 6 Kg of Co2 is produced to make 1 Kg of HDPE. This does not include additional Co2 cost of any embedded steel.
It takes about 2.88 Kg of coal to produce 1 Kg of steel. An equivalent lightweight steel pallet costs about 72 Kg of greenhouse gas, HALF that of plastic. The steel in this case is less than 1mm thick. Steel Wins.