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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 2018 - 2020

95%, 2019 - 93%, 2018 - 83%

Environmental
e.g. ISO 14001

63%, 2019 - 61%, 2018 - 61%

Health & Safety
e.g. ISO 45001

55%, 2019 - 55%, 2018 - 55%

Energy
e.g. ISO 50001

89%, 2019 - 89%, 2018 - 89%

Quality
e.g. ISO 22001

Sustainability news

Ardagh's 2021 Sustainability Report

10 Nov 2021

Ardagh Group, a leading global supplier of infinitely recyclable metal and glass sustainable packaging solutions, has today published its new Sustainability Report 2021, which announces the launch of ambitious new long-term targets for Ardagh Metal Packaging and Ardagh Glass Packaging. These new targets include zero waste to landfill by 2025, a 10% VOC emission intensity reduction, a 20% water use intensity reduction and are aligned with the Science Based Targets Initiative for Greenhouse Gas emissions.

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Technology Partners on Sustainability

09 Nov 2021

Three industry leaders in sustainable solutions for the glass industry are coming together to collaborate on innovative technology to increase the strength and thereby significantly reduce the weight of glass bottles. Dassault Systèmes, Ardagh Group and EXXERGY will begin ‘virtual twin’ trials on Diageo’s iconic Johnnie Walker bottle in January 2022 to research and develop a coating that will enable the glass bottle to be lightweighted without compromising its strength and shape – an industry first.

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Ardagh announces major STEM investment

14 Jun 2021

Ardagh Group today announced a major multi-year grant to Project Lead The Way (PLTW) to deliver science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to students from pre-kindergarten through high school (PreK-12) in the 24 communities in which Ardagh operates across the U.S.

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Ardagh Young Creatives Programme

08 Jun 2021

Ardagh Group is delighted to partner with the Design Museum and support the unique Ardagh Young Creatives programme. The aim of the programme is to introduce young people aged from 14-16 from under-represented backgrounds to design, engineering and the creative world. Despite COVID challenges, we are delighted to announce that ten students joined the 2021 programme.

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Bee is for Biodiversity

20 May 2021

At Ardagh, we believe in the importance of giving back to the communities in which we operate. To date, our programmes have focused on education, recycling, health and volunteering. We also pay particular attention to the world around us and in particular, the rich and abundant wildlife, which has inherited or created natural habitats close to our facilities.

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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 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 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.

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 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
582,550 t (tonnnes) of raw alu used 2019 - 579,320 | 2018 - 537,325

Energy consumption 2018 - 2020

3,074,567 MWh electricity consumed 2019 - 3,051,168 | 2018 - 3,108,975
2,310,496 Glass 2019 - 2,304,804 | 2018 - 2,381,510
764,072 Metal 2019 - 746,364 | 2018 - 727,465
9,650,517 MWh fossil fuels consumed 2019 - 9,880,194 | 2018 - 10,315,246
8,972,439 Glass 2019 - 9,193,962 | 2018 - 9,651,198
678,078 Metal 2019 - 686,232 | 2018 - 666,313

Water withdrawal 2018 - 2020

5,802,702 m3 municipal water supply 2019 - 6,328,989 | 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 - 8,845,859 | 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
1,075,647 t (tonnnes) indirect CO2 (Scope 2) 2019 - 1,365,229 | 2018 - 1,466,767
865,523 Glass 2019 - 1,133,186
2018 - 1,202,748
210,123 Metal 2019 - 232,043
2018 - 264,019
4,392,133 t (tonnnes) other indirect CO2 (Scope 3) 2019 - 4,665,905 | 2018 - 3,394,368
1,397,467 Glass 2019 - 1,376,692
2018 - 847,680
3,289,213 Metal 2019 - 2,994,666
2018 - 2,546,688
7,854,869 Total t (tonnnes) CO2 (Scope 1 + 2 + 3) 2019 - 8,087,360 | 2018 - 7,387,220

Waste 2018 - 2020

65,775 Total waste t (tonnnes) 2019 - 64,774 | 2018 - 63,947
61.5%, 2019 - 60.5%, 2018 - 58%

Recycled Waste

38.5%, 2019 - 39.5%, 2018 - 42%

Disposed Waste

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

Share of Hazardous Waste

12,849 Total weight of hazardous waste t (tonnnes) 2019 - 13,059 | 2018 - 12,897
52,926 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.

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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