Crown makes progress against 2020 sustainability goals

Crown Holdings has made significant progress against its sustainability goals for 2020 while revealing a roadmap for future action, in a report just published.

The canmaker’s 2019 Sustainability Report details its environmental, social and governance achievements from fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

The document also outlines focus areas for Crown’s next set of sustainability goals, which will formally be announced in early 2020 with progress against them reported annually. Focus areas will include climate, resource efficiency, circularity, social change, product stewardship, governance and ethics.

The report explores how Crown’s global workforce and commitment to process and product innovation have enabled the company to grow in ways that benefit customers and shareholders while minimising its impact on the environment.

“We are very proud of the strides we have made in the last two years to become an even more sustainable company,” said John Rost, vice president with responsibility for global sustainability and regulatory affairs at Crown.

“These achievements were made possible by the inspiring efforts of our global team as well as the fundamental benefits of our primary product – metal packaging. As a material, metal supports the circular economy, protects our customers’ products by delivering outstanding shelf life and provides an unparalleled return on investment at every level.”

Highlights from the 2019 report include: achieving 94 per cent of its Scope 1 and Scope 2 (direct and indirect) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target, with a 9.43 per cent decrease in GHGs per billion standard units (versus 2015 levels); and decreased energy consumption by 6.23 per cent in its metal packaging plants, surpassing its goal of 5 per cent reduction in usage per billion standard units (versus 2015 levels).

Other achievements to reduce the company’s environmental impact include a four-year downward trend in aluminium consumption, even as Crown increased production of beverage cans by almost 10 per cent over that period.

In 2018, several of Crown’s European sites achieved zero waste to landfill and less than 10 per cent of total waste generated across the Division’s 61 locations was sent to landfill. Meanwhile, the company’s Transit Packaging Division based at Florence, Kentucky in the US produces plastic strap made from nearly 90 per cent recycled material.

At the same time, 6.7 per cent of Crown’s global operations currently use renewable electricity, while its UK facilities have been powered by direct supplies of renewable electricity since 2018. All electricity in the company’s US and Canadian beverage can plants will be matched with wind power generation as of 1 July 2020.

Crown has also been heavily involved in investing in its employees and the local communities in which it operates. These include educational programmes in Mexico and Brazil, meal assistance for students in India and healthcare screening for employees in the US.