Crown To Become First Metal Packaging Manufacturer To Use Renewable Power
Crown Holdings, Inc. is now running all of its beverage can plants in the US and Canada on renewable energy. This makes it the first metal packaging manufacturer that has achieved this milestone.
Such an increase in alternative power sources is a part of Crown’s plan to use 60% renewable electricity by 2030, 90% by 2040, and 100% by 2050.
According to Yahoo! Finance, these renewable energy targets were established in Crown’s Twentyby30 initiative — a comprehensive sustainability program that focuses on climate issues.
“The action also supports Crown's Twentyby30 goal to decrease Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within its global operations, targeting a 50% combined reduction in absolute Scope 1 (fuel) and Scope 2 (electricity) emissions. The transition reflects Crown's commitment to the RE100, which is led by The Climate Group and CDP and focuses on accelerating the transition to zero carbon grids at global scale.”
Through a Virtual Power Purchasing Agreement (VPPA), Crown relies on a Texas-based wind farm that generates more than 440,000 megawatts of electricity, removing the equivalent of 310,000 metric tons of carbon emissions each year.
Beverage cans are fully recyclable products we use every day, and it’s good to know that making one creates no harmful emissions, as well.
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