SPA and EPI partner to expand PIQET in North America
Posted by Rick Lingle, Technical Editor -- Packaging Digest, 9/16/2013 4:18:45 PM
Environmental Packaging International (EPI), a global environmental packaging and product sustainability consultancy, and the Sustainable Packaging Alliance (SPA), an international consultancy in packaging sustainability, have entered into a Channel Partnership in the North American market. Under the terms of their agreement, EPI will now sell licenses to Packaging Impact Quick Evaluation Tool (PIQET), a streamlined Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and eco-design tool used for packaging design. EPI will also provide account management services for PIQET clients, including training and technical support.
PIQET was launched in 2006 to allow packaging designers to benchmark the current sustainability performance of their packaging to optimize new designs. Through a web-based interface, the software provides users information on a series of environmental life cycle indicators and packaging attributes, all consistent with the Global Protocol for Packaging Sustainability (GPPS). Users can select from these metrics to tailor reports that align with their corporate goals.
"We launched our Channel Partnership program to support our rapid expansion of PIQET, and EPI is integral in supporting that continued growth throughout North America," says Leanne Fitzpatrick, CEO of SPA. "With EPI's reach and expertise, our Channel Partner agreement presents a great opportunity for SPA and PIQET, as well as our clients."
"As the leading streamlined LCA software tool used by the a growing list of consumer goods companies globally, we are pleased to offer access to this valuable technology to help clients continue to measure and improve their sustainability performance of their packaging designs," says Victor Bell, president of EPI. "We are honored to be selected by SPA as a partner and look forward to enhancing SPA's commitment and service to users in North America."
Founded in 2002, SPA arms businesses with the knowledge, tools and skills to make informed packaging sustainability decisions that generate commercial and sustainability benefits. As a consultancy, SPA works with brand owners, packaging companies and retailers; all of which are hard pressed to reduce the environmental impacts of packaging; driven by various Government regulation, consumer expectations, corporate goals, branding, cost reductions and logistics optimisation. SPA is the global distributor, of PIQET, a web based business tool used for rapid packaging environmental impact assessments. PIQET is used to optimize packaging system design from a sustainability perspective in all stages of the product development process. SPA draws upon its industry, academic and Government networks to provide packaging sustainability tools, services, development and networking events.
Founded in 1998 by Victor Bell, Environmental Packaging International (EPI) is a consultancy specializing in environmental compliance, product stewardship, and sustainability issues related to packaging, batteries, electronics, and other products. The company offers a full range of customized regulatory tracking, research, compliance management, and services related to the development and implementation of corporate sustainability goals. EPI assists many of its clients in integrating aspects of environmental compliance such as data collection, fee calculation and reporting into their supply chain management, product design process, and other business systems. EPI also offers redipoint, a comprehensive software solution to their international fee reporting needs.