The LCA project was performed by Ecointesys and the panel was chaired by Prof. Dr. Walter Kloepfel. A plastic alternative to the glass jar was presented by Nestlé but the environmental impact had to be calculated with the doble objective: product improvement and stakeholder communication.
Nestlé is one of the world leaders in child nutrition. Nestlé Nutrition was preparing to launch of a new packaging for infant feeding products in European markets. The new packaging, based on plastic, was a possible alternative to the glass container used so far. Nestlé is a company concerned about the environmental performance of their products. Nestlé needed to know the environmental advantages and disadvantages of various packaging options to achieve a double objective: to improve the product and inform consumers.
For these reasons, Nestlé Nutrition hired the Swiss company Ecointesys - Life Cycle Systems to compare the environmental impacts of two types of packaging: current glass jar and a new plastic pot, including several scenarios of localization of production and consumption. Nestlé contacted Professor Walter Kloepfel to organize a critical review panel, of which Dr. Pere Fullana i Palmer was part.
The critical review was hired in April 2007 and ended in August 2007. It was an on-going type of critical review, as the first document was reviewed a first draft in a preliminary state. Formally, this CR was taken as a CR by interested parties according to ISO 14044 § 6.3. Besides a review panel's chairman, three reviewers intervened, one from each country analyzed. The review was a mix of teleconferences and meetings.
Dr. Pere Fullana i PalmerCEO of Cyclus Vitae Solutions, S.L. and Director of the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change
Our CEO, Dr. Pere Fullana i Palmer, is one of the most recognized critial reviewers in Europe. He has wide experience in LCA, as he took part in more than 250 LCA studies and in more than 25 critical reviews. He is internationally recognised, being a former president of SETAC Europe LCA Steering Committee and having received the Best Scientific Contribution Award in the LCM 2009 meeting in Cape Town. These credentials help to deliver a good quality critical review and a result respected by the LCA community.