Our work on the SDGs



Automating temperature control in glass furnaces

Our collaboration with packaging supplier, Ardagh, has reduced emissions, cut costs and help building a more sustainable supply chain.

The glass making process is energy intensive – requiring fine grained, recycled material to be heated to temperatures up to 1500 ⁰C. Our most recent investment has seen the installation of sensors in the glass furnaces which help to decrease temperature fluctuations and, as a result, reduce CO2 emissions.

Impact

The investment has reduced the CO2 footprint of the plant by 1-2% and delivered annual cost savings that exceed the initial investment. For Heineken and Ardagh, this is just beginning of our journey to create a more sustainable glass supply chain.

Lessons learned

The project has led to further discussions and exploration of potential opportunities that could achieve greater impacts.

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heineken
Lead Organisation
heineken

Lead country
Netherlands

Lead business line
Supply Chain

Status
Active
Type
Project

Total budget
EUR

Strategic Partners
Ardagh

Impact on primary SDG
climate-action

Impact on other SDGs
clean-energy

Targeted Region of execution
Europe

Start date
January 2009

Targeted Beneficiaries
Projects
Point of contact
Josephine Bertrams
Function
Corporate & Sustainability Comm. Manager, Global Communications