Ardagh recognised for green activities

Canmaker Ardagh has received prestigious recognition for its environmental activities and engagement with suppliers.

The company has been presented with Leadership class rating from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for climate change (A-) and for supplier engagement (A). Ardagh’s efforts for water security have been rated as Management class (B).

CDP, a global environmental impact group, drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Ardagh has worked with CDP since 2011.

Environmental performance as part of an overall sustainability strategy is a key focus for Ardagh, which recently established a Global Sustainability Board Committee to drive initiatives in this area. These include co-ordinating its global sustainability work, accelerating sustainability programmes and increasing responsiveness.

Ardagh’s ambition is to be the preferred packaging partner to the world’s leading brands, supplying sustainable and infinitely recyclable metal and glass solutions. Sustainability is at the core of its activities, the company claims. This is defined by Ardagh as not only delivering a reduced environmental impact but also achieving sound economic performance while making a positive social contribution.

“Achieving this important external validation from CDP underlines Ardagh’s commitment towards environmental management,” said John Sadlier, Ardagh’s chief sustainability officer.

Last November, three more of Ardagh’s beverage can plants in the US were accredited to the main international standard for environmental sustainability.

The plants – at Bishopville, South Carolina; Olive Branch, Mississippi; and Winston-Salem, North Carolina – achieved the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001:2015, which focuses on environmental management systems and performance. It assists companies in developing a management system that aligns business strategies and environmental objectives.

At the same time, the company’s distribution centre in Fairfield, California, was awarded the Energy Star building certification for energy performance from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the fourth consecutive year.