Ball Corporation has secured deals allowing it to move to 100% renewable electricity in its North American operations by 2021.
The Colorado-headquartered packaging manufacturer has executed two virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) – one wind and one solar – for 388mW of new renewable energy.
These agreements will enable the company to address 100% of the North American electricity load utilised in its corporate, packaging and aerospace operations.
Ball said the wind and solar developments in Oklahoma and Texas will allow for the equivalent carbon reduction of removing 180,000 passenger vehicles from the road annually.
“These renewable energy agreements place Ball among the leading corporate buyers of renewable energy in our industry and the US, marking a critical moment in our sustainability journey, and are a demonstration of our commitment to have the aluminium can recognised as the most sustainable package,” said John Hayes, Ball Corporation CEO.
“The combined wind and solar projects will allow us to address our North American electricity use, and make significant progress toward our previously announced Scope 1 and 2 science-based GHG emissions target, while leaving room for growth in our businesses.”
Ball first began using renewable energy in 2015, building three wind turbines in partnership with a local service provider to help power its Findlay, Ohio, beverage packaging plant. In 2018, Ball expanded the Findlay project to six turbines, which will generate more than 24,000mW hours of energy each year.
“Utilising renewable energy is an important lever to further enhance the sustainability credentials of our packaging and we’re exploring similar opportunities across our global footprint,” Hayes added.
“We also continue to work with our customers, suppliers and other industry partners to further enhance the can’s sustainability credentials and meet increasing customer, consumer and retail demand for more sustainable solutions to the plastic pollution crisis.”
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