Global sustainable packaging
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 plants with certified management systems 2020 – 2022
e.g. ISO 14001
Health & Safety
e.g. ISO 45001
e.g. ISO 50001
Quality and Food Safety
e.g. ISO 22000 / FSSC 22000
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 B 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.
*Ratings for Ardagh Glass Packaging
Policies and standards
Ardagh is committed to conducting its activities with the highest standards of integrity and business practice in all dealings with its stakeholders. We are committed to complying with all applicable laws and to operating in an ethical, sustainable and honest way. The below policies guide our business and those with whom we work.
Protecting our environment
Material consumption 2020 – 2022
Energy consumption 2020 – 2022
Water withdrawal 2020 – 2022
Greenhouse gas emissions 2020 – 2022
Total greenhouse gas emissions 2020 – 2022
Waste 2020 – 2022
Share of Hazardous Waste
*this number currently excludes AGP-A and landfill volumes
Our employees 2020 – 2022
Employees covered by formal collective agreements concerning working conditions.
Employees represented in formal joint management-worker health & safety committees
Employees covered by formally-elected employee representatives
Employees received regular performance and career development reviews
Male – 84%
Female – 16%
22% of line managers are female.
20% of the global workforce are minorities.
94% of permanent employees
Accident reporting 2020 – 2022
Cases/100 full-time employees
Sustainable supply chain 2022
Contracts with sustainability clauses
Critical category suppliers with a CSR risk analysis
Procurement category managers trained in prevention of human exploitation
Suppliers who shared data on conflict minerals
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
Zero waste to landfill 1
Zero waste to landfill 1
20% intensity reduction
26% intensity reduction
100% renewable electricity by 2030
42% absolute Scope 1+2 reduction by 2030 *
12.3% absolute Scope 3 reduction by 2030 *
* Approved by Science Based Targets initiative
10% VOC emission intensity
reduction by 2030
23% NOx emission intensity
reduction by 2030