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Responsible behaviour globally

Sustainability deals with global and regional issues concerning emissions, ecology and social responsibilities, Ardagh's sustainability pillars. In 2020, we launched our new Sustainability Strategy to reinforce our commitment to the circular economy. As part of our strategy, we have mapped out ambitious commitments and targets for the next decade. Our targets continue to focus on CO₂​ reduction and maximising the use of recycled materials

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 2020 environmental data including 2030 targets.

Coverage of production facilities with certified management systems 2018 - 2020

95%, 2019 - 93%, 2018 - 83% sustainable glass packaging

Environmental
e.g. ISO 14001

63%, 2019 - 61%, 2018 - 61% glass packaging manufacturers

Health & Safety
e.g. ISO 45001

55%, 2019 - 55%, 2018 - 55% glass bottles & jars

Energy
e.g. ISO 50001

89%, 2019 - 89%, 2018 - 89% sustainable packaging company

Quality and Food Safety
e.g. ISO 22000 / FSSC 22000

Sustainability news

AGP site transport goes electric

11 May 2022

In 2019, our logistics and operational teams in Ardagh Glass Packaging - North America began replacing the propane forklift vehicles we use on our sites for transporting goods internally with electric vehicles. By converting to electric, our Dunkirk warehouse is paving the way for decarbonising our forklift trucks.

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Ardagh marks Earth Day

22 Apr 2022

For more than 50 years, Earth Day has been celebrated by billions of people around the globe, annually on April 22. It’s a day when people come together to raise awareness for the health of the environment and we are proud to be a part of this.

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Education on recycling at school

13 Apr 2022

In 2019, local school children visited our Ardagh Glass Packaging Doncaster, UK facility. The children discovered how we transform recycled glass into new containers and they were inspired to recycle their own glass bottles and jars.

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North America investing in STEM

23 Mar 2022

Under the social pillar of our sustainability strategy, we have committed to invest approximately $50 million from 2021 - 2032 in the local communities in which our U.S. facilities are located.

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Giving back to our communities

16 Mar 2022

Many of Ardagh’s employees have a passion for helping others in their local communities. Community spirit is encouraged at Ardagh through a variety of acts such as volunteering and charitable donations to support people in need in the communities in which we operate.

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Our sustainability pillars

Our sustainability strategy is based on taking a proactive approach to our three ‘Pillars of Sustainability’ – Ecology, Emissions and Social. We aim to minimise our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduce our ecological impact and support our people and our communities.

We take sustainability seriously and we strive to achieve change and implement initiatives to be rewarding on all levels. We are committed to adopting Science-Based Targets.

We are also rated A- by CDP for climate change and water management and A for supplier engagement. We actively promote and support community engagement across our organisation, with a particular focus on educational development in all communities in which we operate.

We track, monitor and measure our sustainability progress to ensure we deliver on our commitments.

Sustainability accreditations

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 in Glass Packaging

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 aim to 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.

Metal and glass 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 2018 - 2020

Glass

6,268,522 t (tonnnes) of material melted 2019 - 6,479,660 | 2018 - 6,627,680
5,346,165 t (tonnnes) of material packed 2019 - 5,532,760 | 2018 - 5,661,498

Metal Beverage Can

60,840 t (tonnnes) of raw steel used 2019 - 61,329 | 2018 - 65,417
560,216 t (tonnnes) of raw alu used 2019 - 579,320 | 2018 - 537,325

Energy consumption 2018 - 2020

3,074,575 MWh electricity consumed 2019 - 3,043,108 | 2018 - 3,108,975
2,310,504 Glass 2019 - 2,296,744 | 2018 - 2,381,510
764,072 Metal 2019 - 746,364 | 2018 - 727,465
9,640,200 MWh fossil fuels consumed 2019 - 9,878,124 | 2018 - 10,315,246
8,972,439 Glass 2019 - 9,193,962 | 2018 - 9,651,198
674,202 Metal 2019 - 686,232 | 2018 - 666,313

Water withdrawal 2018 - 2020

5,802,702 m3 municipal water supply 2019 - 6,283,637 | 2018 - 5,727,622
1,865,649 m3 groundwater 2019 - 1,828,193 | 2018 - 1,908,034
586,522 m3 surface water 2019 - 688,676 | 2018 - 790,108
8,254,873 m3 total water withdrawal 2019 - 8,800,506 | 2018 - 8,425,763

Greenhouse gas emissions 2018 - 2020

2,387,089 t (tonnnes) direct CO2 (Scope 1) 2019 - 2,451,391 | 2018 - 2,526,085
2,250,330 Glass 2019 - 2,312,070
2018 - 2,392,589
136,759 Metal 2019 - 139,321
2018 - 133,496
1,075,658 t (tonnnes) indirect CO2 (Scope 2) 2019 - 1,365,229 | 2018 - 1,466,767
865,535 Glass 2019 - 1,133,186
2018 - 1,202,748
210,123 Metal 2019 - 232,043
2018 - 264,019
4,116,929 t (tonnnes) other indirect CO2 (Scope 3) 2019 - 4,665,905 | 2018 - 3,394,368
1,278,911 Glass 2019 - 1,376,692
2018 - 847,680
2,838,018 Metal 2019 - 2,994,666
2018 - 2,546,688
7,579,676 Total t (tonnnes) CO2 (Scope 1 + 2 + 3) 2019 - 8,087,360 | 2018 - 7,387,220

Waste 2018 - 2020

66,435 Total waste t (tonnnes) 2019 - 69,623 | 2018 - 63,934
61.62%, 2019 - 63%, 2018 - 58%

Recycled Waste

38%, 2019 - 37%, 2018 - 42%

Disposed Waste

20%, 2019 - 19%, 2018 - 20%

Share of Hazardous Waste

13,338 Total weight of hazardous waste t (tonnnes) 2019 - 13,059 | 2018 - 12,897
53,097 Total weight of non-hazardous waste t (tonnnes) 2019 - 56,104 | 2018 - 51,037

Our employees 2019 - 2020

16,443 Number of direct Employees (Globally) 2019 - 16,340
80%, 2019 - 81%

Employees covered by formal collective agreements concerning working conditions.

44%, 2019 - 82%

Employees represented in formal joint management-worker health & safety committees

57%, 2019 - 91%

Employees covered by formally-elected employee representatives

47%, 2019 - 56%

Employees received regular performance and career development reviews

97%, 2019 - 98%

Global Management annual performance and career development reviews

Workforce gender chart Male - 85% Female - 15%

14.5% of line managers are female.
3% of the global workforce are minorities.

99% Global direct employed workforce
< 1% Global indirect employed workforce

Accident reporting 2018 - 2020

0.35 Lost time accidents 2019 - 0.47 | 2018 - 0.43
1.25 Recordable accident rate 2019 - 1.52 | 2018 - 1.74
35.9 Severity rate 2019 - 51.2 | 2018 - 46.7
3 Fatalities 2019 - 0 | 2018 - 0

Cases/100 full-time employees

Sustainable supply chain 2018 - 2020

98%, 2019 - 71%

Key Supplier spend that were screened using env. and social creterial

100%, 2019 - 100%, 2018 - 100%

Suppliers that have signed the sustainable procurement charter/supplier code of conduct

100%, 2019 - 99%

Suppliers that shared information on conflict minerals

100 Global share of employees from procurement team received training on sustainable procurement 2019 - 100
4 Global share of employees from procurement team received training on sustainable procurement 2019 - 8 | 2018 - 8
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.

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.

Targets for 2030

2030 Targets

Plant
Waste Icon
Waste

AMP:
Zero waste to landfill 1
by 2025

AGP:
Zero waste to landfill 1
by 2030

Water Icon
Water usage

AMP:
20% intensity reduction
by 2030

AGP:
26% intensity reduction
by 2030

Greenhouse Gas Icon
Greenhouse gas
Aligning with Science-Based Targets

AMP & AGP:
100% renewable electricity
by 2030

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Emissions

AMP:
10% VOC emission intensity
reduction by 2030

AGP:
23% NOx emission intensity
reduction by 2030

1 Zero to waste landfill for operational waste streams where allowable by regulation

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