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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. Our goal is to become the 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


e.g. ISO 14001


Health & Safety
e.g. ISO 45001


e.g. ISO 50001


e.g. ISO 22001

Sustainability news

Triple win for Ardagh Briquette Project

18 Nov 2020

Following success in the Sustainability Awards in October, Ardagh Group has also collected a World Beverage Innovation Award (WBIA) and a British Glass ‘Glass Focus’ Award for its Recycled Glass Briquettes project – a method of producing remeltable briquettes from the fine particle glass rejected during the recycling process.

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Ardagh’s Recycled Glass Briquettes Win

20 Oct 2020

Ardagh has won a Sustainability Award in the inaugural ‘Pre-Commercialised Innovation’ category for its method of producing remeltable briquettes from the fine particle glass rejected during the recycling process, allowing 100% of recycled glass to be remelted into new glass bottles and jars.

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Ardagh Group Earns Gold from EcoVadis

08 Oct 2020

EcoVadis, an independent sustainability rating platform, has awarded its Gold certification for sustainability performance to Ardagh for the fifth year. Gold certification is one of the highest levels of recognition from EcoVadis, only attained by the top 5% of companies assessed. Ardagh’s achievement, with an increased score, demonstrates the company’s dedication to continuously implementing social and environmental measures.

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Europeans embrace glass recycling

29 Sep 2020

Research carried out by Ardagh Group shows that 34% of households from over 2,100 people surveyed in the UK, Germany and Poland have been recycling more glass packaging during the months of lockdown. With the closure of bars and restaurants in the initial phase of lockdown, people were consuming more foods and beverages packed in glass at home, leading to an increase in the volume of glass being recycled via the domestic recycling streams.

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Returnable bottle for fritz-kola Brand

28 Sep 2020

Ardagh Group has worked closely with fritz-kola to produce a new long-neck 200 ml flint bottle for its rebellious cola brand, created for the hospitality industry. Founded by two friends in Hamburg in 2003, fritz-kola was created to deliver a range of premium quality, great-tasting drinks in the most sustainable and responsible way. 100% recyclable, returnable and reusable glass packaging was the obvious choice to maintain the product’s quality and taste and is key to their sustainability strategy.

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Our environmental initiatives

Our sustainability strategy is based on taking a proactive approach to our three ‘Pillars of Sustainability’ – Environmental, Social and Economic. Consideration of each of these pillars is crucial as they are all interlinked and have an impact on each other. We need sound economic performance in order to invest in social and environmental activities.

We also need to have robust environmental and social practices in order to be competitive and successful in our business. We take sustainability seriously and we strive to achieve change and implement supportive initiatives that aim to be rewarding on all levels.

Sustainability accreditations

Sustainability associations

ASI Global Partitions 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

Ardagh is a worldwide company. 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, doing everything we can 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 what is referred to as a ‘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


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


Recycled steel used
Source: Associations of European Producers of steel for packaging


Recycled alu used
Source: European Aluminium


Recycled alu used
(North America)
Source: Aluminium Association


Recycled alu used
Source: Abralatas


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


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

MWh/t melted (glass)
MWh/t packed (glass)
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%
Social Sustainability

Supporting local communities

We have a strict Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy that is implemented everywhere we operate. It provides guidelines on social and ethical best practices, offers clear direction for decision-making in complex situations and encourages all employees to actively support the company's goal of setting a new standard in CSR. 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.


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


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


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


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


Global Management annual performance and career development reviews.

Social Sustainability

Building a sustainable future

The economic stability 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.

Another initiative led us to develop a sophisticated process of preheating our glass raw materials to give energy savings of up to 15%. The system, which heats the batch to 300°C, cost in the region of €2m per site and so far has been introduced in five facilities, with a further three planned over the coming years. This investment in environmentally friendly systems forms part of our long-term sustainability strategy.

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

Nitrogen Oxide emissions
-17% (glass)

Volatile organic compound emissions -4% (metal)

Waste recycling (facility related waste) +10%

Process water consumption

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

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