United Nations Environment Programme
Yvonne Lewis, Alexandra Gower and Philippa Notten
Purpose of Measurement:
Understanding the Proble, Solution Sets and Impact Potential
Material Flows, Policy, Climate
This report summarizes current knowledge about the environmental performance of single-use beverage cups and their alternatives in order to guide policy actions to regulate their use. It is a meta-analysis of ten Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies that can be grouped in three distinct clusters: LCA studies comparing single-use beverage cups; LCA studies comparing single-use and reusable beverage cups (hot drinks); and LCA studies comparing single-use and reusable beverage cups (cold drinks).