Ardagh signs up to low-carbon economy initiative

Canmaker Ardagh has committed to set environmental goals through the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a project that aims to encourage corporate climate action for a low-carbon economy.

By committing to the initiative, Ardagh plans to set specific goals for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This will be in alignment with the Paris Agreement, signed in 2016, which is part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change dealing with GHG mitigation, adaptation and finance.

Under the agreement, governments mutually pledged to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. 

To prepare for setting these ambitious new targets, Ardagh’s chief sustainability officer John Sadlier has signed the commitment letter confirming the canmaker will develop new goals to be reviewed and approved by the SBTi committee.

This underlines Ardagh’s dedication towards significantly reducing its carbon emissions and accelerating the implementation of future-oriented technology with the aim of achieving the EU’s goal for carbon neutrality by 2050.

“Ardagh’s commitment to the SBTi demonstrates our continued dedication to sustainability,” said Sadlier. “Striving to achieve science-based targets is a natural next step for us on our journey to create a more sustainable world for future generations.”

Last November, Ardagh’s distribution centre in Fairfield, California in the US was awarded the Energy Star building certification for energy performance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the fourth consecutive year. The distribution centre primarily caters for Ardagh’s distribution needs in the West Coast for the wine, food and beverage industries.

To receive Energy Star certification, buildings and plants are required to perform in the top 25 per cent of buildings nationwide based on weather-normalised source energy use and taking key metrics into account, such as occupancy and hours of operation. 

According to the EPA, the Energy Star is the only energy efficiency certification in the US that is based on actual, verified energy performance. On average, Energy Star certified buildings are said to use 35 per cent less energy, cause 35 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and are less expensive to operate than their peers.