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Ball reports progress toward sustainability targets

FBR Staff Writer Published 28 May 2013

Ball, a provider of packaging solutions for beverage, food and household products, has reported that it has progressed considerably in its greenhouse gas emission and waste reduction efforts among other achievements.

Recently, the company broadened and deepened its efforts to embed sustainability within its operations and the entire supply chain.

Ball sustainability director Bjoern Kulmann said the company has made significant strides since it issued the third comprehensive biennial sustainability report in early 2012, particularly within its operations, which help reduce its environmental footprint and benefit the bottom line over time.

"Balancing our economic, environmental and social impacts is a major focus of Ball's Drive for 10 vision, and our emphasis on the triple-bottom line positions us for greater long-term success," Kulmann added.

In 2012, the company noted that it achieved a 4.8% reduction of its Climate Intensity Index (compared to the 2010 baseline), a step toward its 2015 greenhouse gas emission reduction goal of 10%.

The company increased energy efficiency by approximately 5 percent in its global beverage, food and aerosol can businesses.

Twenty-one of Ball's 64 global manufacturing plants have achieved zero waste to landfill status. Ball increased the amount of reused and recycled waste from 44 to 57%, and reduced the amount of waste that is landfilled from 30 to 22% since 2010, the company said.