Ball Ups Energy Efficiency, Cuts GHGs
Ball Corporation has reduced its Climate Intensity Index (CII) by 4.8 percent, compared to a 2010 baseline, moving the company closer toward its 2015 greenhouse gas emission reduction goal of 10 percent, according to Ball’s updated sustainability data.
Ball says it uses a CII calculated based on the total GHG emissions of each business in which the company operates, normalized by a denominator specific to each business. The normalization factor is a weighted approach based on the differing intensities of production/sales in the base year. It accounts not only for overall changes in production over the goal period, but also for changes in production mix between the various business segments.
In 2012 the company increased energy efficiency by approximately 5 percent in its global beverage, food and aerosol can businesses and by 19 percent in its aerospace business, as compared to a 2010 baseline. The company also reduced energy consumption in its slug business by 11 percent per weight of produced slugs.
Additionally, 21 of Ball’s 64 global manufacturing plants have now achieved zero waste to landfill status. Ball has increased the amount of reused and recycled waste from 44 to 57 percent, and reduced the amount of waste that is landfilled from 30 to 22 percent since 2010.
Also in 2012, Ball joined the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, a global organization working to establish a standard for aluminum supply chain sustainability.
In April, Ball ranked among Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 2013 Best 100 Corporate Citizens. The annual list is based on an assessment of publicly available information in seven key categories including climate change.
Last summer, however, Ball fell off the top 25 major US firms with the strongest environmental governance, policies and infrastructure in a report by sustainability consultants Soyka & Company. Intel maintained its top spot in last year’s Benchmarking Analysis of Disclosed U.S. Corporate Environmental Practices.
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