Steel Pallet vs. Plastic Pallet – Energy ConsumptionPosted: December 10, 2011
An HDPE pallet weighing 35 kg requires 805 KwH of energy to manufacture.
This is equivalent to 120 kg of coal.
The 25 kg lightweight steel pallet requires 124 KwH of energy to manufacture.
This is equivalent to 18.6 kg of coal.
A significant “green” generalisation subject to independent scrutiny and verification is:
Six steel pallets can be manufactured with the energy used to make one plastic pallet.
Perhaps surprisingly this is an indication of which process and end result is more energy-efficient. Recycling adds another beneficial dimension.