“We remain committed to improving our operational sustainability performance and in making the can the most sustainable package in the supply chain,” said John A. Hayes, chairman, president and CEO. “To further our progress, we are setting a science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction target. Establishing this target communicates our commitment to engaging our employees and our supply chain in the transition to a low carbon economy.”
In line with the level of decarbonization required to keep the average global temperature increase below 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures, Ball is committing to reduce its absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 27% by 2030 compared to a 2017 baseline. Per million dollars of value added, this equates to a 58% reduction of our carbon intensity over the same period. Additionally, Ball strives to reduce GHG emissions across the value chain – from mining, refining, smelting, casting and rolling, to its manufacturing, logistics and end-of-life recycling – by 25% by 2030.
To achieve these targets, the company will follow a three-pronged approach: increase efficiency by saving energy and materials; grow renewables through the purchase of renewable energy; and cut embedded carbon by working with partners to reduce upstream impacts.
In addition to establishing its greenhouse gas reduction target, Ball also achieved a number of sustainability accomplishments during the reporting period:
- Reused or recycled 64% of the total waste generated, and 39 of its 88 packaging manufacturing plants worldwide achieved zero waste to landfill status by year-end 2017;
- Constructed state-of-the-art, sustainable beverage can manufacturing plants in Goodyear, AZ, and Madrid, Spain;
- Saved approximately 34 million kilowatt hours of electricity and 4 million watt-hours of natural gas, resulting in 9900 metric tons less of GHG emissions;
- Launched STARcan, a next-generation beverage can;
- Reduced aluminum usage in beverage and aluminum aerosol packaging businesses by 7,700 metric tons in 2017;
- Employees contributed more than 38,000 volunteer hours and donated $5 million in charitable donations in partnership with The Ball Foundation.