Ball signs up to sustainability drive

Ball recently introduced aluminium cups as an environmentally-friendly alternative to single-use plastic cups, for use at events and in sports stadia.

Ball has put its name to a new campaign to reduce carbon emissions among American companies.

The Colorado-based canmaker is one of more than 1,000 US firms that have signed up to the America Is All In (AIAI) campaign, which was launched over the weekend to coincide with the US’ return to the Paris Climate Agreement.

Signatories pledge to meet the campaign’s target of at least halving their carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and to make the nation carbon neutral by 2050. Ball’s own target, stated in 2019, is to cut by 55 per cent the greenhouse gases its operations produce.

“As the world’s largest producer of aluminium beverage packaging, we are committed to doing our part to accelerate climate action, working with our partners and customers to reduce waste, improve and increase recycling and limit our footprint through more sustainable choices,” Ball declared in a post on its LinkedIn page.

“Aluminium and recycling have important roles to play in building a brighter future for our planet, but we also know that it will require all of us to make meaningful change.”

Canmakers have set themselves ambitious targets to improve their carbon footprints and reduce waste. Many have been recognised by a variety of green-awareness organisations for their efforts. Crown was recently awarded an A rating for supplier engagement by environmental impact non-profit CDP. The Pennsylvania-based canmaker, like competitor Ardagh days earlier, was commended for encouraging sustainability improvements among its suppliers. 

Polish canmaker Canpack was recently awarded a gold certificate by corporate social responsibility ratings firm EcoVadis for measures it has taken recently to make its operations more sustainable. Meanwhile, Australian packaging firm Orora has joined a programme that’s hoped to develop clean hydrogen-based energy generation.       

The US pulled out of the Paris Agreement under former president Donald Trump, but his successor Joe Biden has made the nation’s return to the international pact one of his priorities. The agreement’s aim is to keep global warming rates to within 1.5 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial levels.

AIAI, which is headed by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, is one of several national alliances dedicated to fighting global warming. Similar initiatives operate in Brazil, Japan and Mexico, among other nations. The coalition says that the Paris agreement’s targets can only be met if all parts of the US pull together.

“Delivering the highest levels of climate action in the years ahead that are in line with science and global expectations for action will be challenging and cannot be done by the federal government alone,” the coalition says in its mission statement. 

“But achieving it will be possible by rapidly building an ‘all-in’ national climate strategy for the United States.”

Other signatories to the AIAI include iPhone maker Apple, food giant Nestle, ride-hailing firm Lyft and chemicals producer BASF. They also join cities including San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles in making the 2030 commitment.