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Responsible behaviour globally

Sustainability deals with global and regional issues concerning the environment, the economy and social responsibility; our sustainability pillars. Ambitious sustainability targets are included in our long term strategic planning. Our aim is to reduce any negative environmental impact whilst remaining economically sustainable and socially responsible. We are a leading supplier of inherently sustainable packaging.

Both metal and glass are permanent materials and are therefore infinitely recyclable without any loss of properties. As part of functional engagements with our customers, our team addresses key sustainability challenges such as climate change, water stewardship and responsible sourcing. Below, please find our latest sustainability news along with our 2019 environmental data including 2025 targets.

Coverage of production facilities with certified management systems - 2019

93%

Environmental
e.g. ISO 14001

61%

Health & Safety
e.g. ISO 45001

61%

Energy
e.g. ISO 50001

89%

Quality
e.g. ISO 22001

Sustainability news

ISO 14001:2015 certification

27 Apr 2021

Ardagh Group, Glass – North America, a business unit of Ardagh Group, announced that 13 of its glass production facilities and its Fishers, Indiana, headquarters have achieved ISO 14001:2015 certification.

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Furnace for the Future EU consideration

31 Mar 2021

The Furnace for the Future (F4F) has been selected out of 311 projects to progress to the second phase of the EU Innovation Fund1, one of the world’s largest funding programmes for the demonstration of innovative, low-carbon technologies.

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CDP Leadership Class

10 Feb 2021

Earlier this year, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) awarded Ardagh Group its Leadership Class ratings for sustainability performance. The CDP has now scored Ardagh “A” for Supplier Engagement based on its work with suppliers around climate change. The CDP is a not-for-profit that runs a global disclosure system which helps different stakeholders to manage environmental impacts.

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Ardagh Group Earns A- from CDP

12 Jan 2021

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has awarded Ardagh Group its Leadership Class ratings for sustainability performance - scoring Ardagh Group A- for climate change and A- for water management. The CDP is a not-for-profit that runs a global disclosure system which helps different stakeholders to manage environmental impacts.

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Ardagh and URM UK inspire recycling

15 Dec 2020

During a primary school visit to Ardagh’s Doncaster production facility in August 2019, as part of a Holiday Hunger initiative, children, parents and staff from the school learned how recycled glass is turned into new containers, and became inspired to recycle their own empty glass bottles and jars.

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Our environmental initiatives

Sustainability associations

ASI Global Partitions logo Can Manufacturers Institute logo Container Recycling Institute logo Europen logo
FEVE logo Glass Packaging Institute logo Glass Recycling Coalition Member Metal Packaging Europe logo UN Global Impact logo
Environmental Sustainability

Protecting our environment

The impact of what we do and how we behave is far-reaching. Production on a scale such as ours brings enormous environmental responsibilities, and we take these seriously, both globally and locally. That is why we identify, control and measure all our activities, and work hard to reduce their environmental impact. We keep energy consumption and emissions to a minimum, maximise our recycling rates, optimise the use of secondary packaging materials and manage waste appropriately, by avoiding use of landfills and limiting water usage.

Glass and metal are both permanent materials. They form part of the ‘circular economy’ – where materials can be infinitely recycled in a closed loop without any loss of quality. As a result, metal and glass are regarded as ‘permanently available’. The materials are not lost as long as they are recycled into another metal or glass product. Ardagh initiatives that focus on recycling – both of our source materials and within our facilities themselves – showcase our commitment to energy efficiency. Effective environmental management systems are in place across all Ardagh sites.

Material consumption - 2019

Glass

6,488,636 t (metric) of glass melted
5,549,507 t (metric) of glass packed

Metal Beverage Can

61,329 t (metric) of raw steel used
579,320 t (metric) of raw alu used

Recycling rates - 2019

80%

Recycled steel used
(Europe)
Source: Associations of European Producers of steel for packaging

75%

Recycled alu used
(Europe)
Source: European Aluminium

55%

Recycled alu used
(North America)
Source: Aluminium Association

98%

Recycled alu used
(Brazil)
Source: Abralatas

76%

Recycled glass used
(Europe) Source: European Container Glass Federation (FEVE)

34%

Recycled glass used
(North America) Source: Glass Packaging Institute (GPI)

Energy consumption - 2019

3,035,321 MWh electricity consumed
2,288,957 Glass
746,364 Metal
12,913,445 MWh fossil fuels consumed
11,482,919 Glass
1,430,526 Metal

Total energy intensity - 2019

2.1
MWh/t melted (glass)
2.5
MWh/t packed (glass)
3.4
MWh/t (metal)

Water withdrawal - 2019

6,290,101 m3 municipal water supply
1,828,193 m3 groundwater
688,676 m3 surface water
8,806,970 m3 total water withdrawal

Greenhouse gas emissions - 2019

2,451,507 t (metric) direct GHG (Scope 1)
2,312,070 Glass
139,437 Metal
1,365,222 t (metric) indirect GHG (Scope 2)
1,133,180 Glass
232,043 Metal

Other air emissions - 2019

7,867 t (metric) NOx emissions
5,162 t (metric) SOx emissions
2,765 t (metric) VOC emissions

Waste - 2019

  • Recycled - 63%
  • Disposed - 37%
  • Hazardous waste - 19%
  • Non-Hazardous waste - 81%

We have a strict Social Sustainability Policy that is implemented everywhere we operate. It provides guidelines on social and ethical best practices and encourages all employees to actively support the company's goal of setting a high standard in social sustainability. A key part of our policy is the Community Involvement Project. Our target of this is to have at least one meaningful community project (an example of which is a waste heat capture initiative that sees local homes and businesses benefit from the waste heat generated by the furnaces at a nearby Ardagh facility) at every Ardagh site in the near future.

Ardagh Group has been a member of SEDEX for several years and has sites from both the glass and metal businesses registered. Sedex is a social and ethical platform which aims to increase transparency in the supply chain. Companies register their production facilities and complete facility-specific questionnaires covering four areas: labour, health & safety, business ethics and the environment. Added to this, each year we publish a Conflict Minerals Report, detailing our robust approach to conflict minerals due diligence. Our suppliers need to demonstrate traceability and accountability of the raw materials they supply us.

Sustainable supply chain - 2019

  • 71% of new suppliers were screened using environment criteria and social.
  • 100% of our key suppliers have agreed to adhere to our Responsible Procurement Policy.
  • 100% of steel suppliers provided information on conflict minerals.

Accident reporting - 2019

0.47 Lost time accidents
1.52 Recordable accident rate
46.7 Severity rate
(days lost or restricted)
0 Fatalities

Cases/100 full-time employees

Our employees - 2019

  • Direct workforce - >99%
  • Indirect workforce - <1%
  • Male - 85%
  • Female - 15%

14% of line managers are female.
3% of top executive positions are held by minority employees.

81%

Global share of employees covered by formal collective agreements concerning working conditions.

82%

Global share of employees represented in formal joint management-worker health & safety committees.

91%

Global share of employees covered by formally-elected employee representatives.

56%

Global share of employees received regular performance and career development reviews.

98%

Global Management annual performance and career development reviews.

Social Sustainability

Building a sustainable future

We recognise that emissions, ecology and social sustainability are closely linked and that the long-term economic performance of Ardagh has an impact on our employees, local communities, customers, suppliers, investors and other stakeholders. 


That’s why we continually invest in systems and processes that improve the efficiency of our operations, reduce costs and increase competitiveness. One initiative, for instance, promotes customer and supplier partnership programmes in order to strengthen relationships along the supply chain.


2016 - 2025 targets

Identify and assess individual stakeholder interests.

Implement and maintain BSafe! programme.

Community involvement projects across all Ardagh facilities.

Suppliers to adhere to Ardagh’s responsible procurement policy.

Carbon Dioxide emissions
-17%

Nitrogen Oxide emissions
-17% (glass)

Volatile organic compound emissions -4% (metal)

Waste recycling (facility related waste) +10%

Process water consumption
-9%

Permanent materials are classified as materials that once produced can be infinitely recycled or reused without any loss of quality

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