BRAZIL – Ardagh Group has chosen AFRY to provide engineering and consulting services for the new Ardagh Metal Packaging factory and new Ardagh Glass Packaging factory in Brazil.

Under the contract, AFRY will be responsible for supply management for the new multi-line beverage can production factory and its detailed engineering services, and basic engineering services for the overall complex.

AFRY will also perform the environmental impact assessments and support the complex’s environmental licensing process.

The new aluminum beverage plant will feature two production lines, with the capacity to produce three billion aluminum cans per annum.

Work on the facility is scheduled to commence in the third quarter of 2022 and should be completed by the end of next year. The glass packaging factory is expected to commence in the first half of 2024.

Jorge Bannitz, CEO of Ardagh Metal Packaging said: “Following the stricter sustainability criteria, the factories are designed with modern equipment, state-of-the-art technology and high energy efficiency, which will provide lower consumption of electricity, fuel and water in the process.

“In addition, to minimize the environmental impact, equipment will be installed to reduce the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere and renewable energy will be used in the production.”

The project is part of the industrial complex that Ardagh Group will build in Juiz de Fora in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. Ardagh’s strong focus on sustainability will underpin both new investments.

The cooperation between Ardagh Group and AFRY started already in the site location study phase and this project is another step in building a trusted relationship between these companies,” explained  Nilson Niero, Director of Consulting, Energy, Infrastructure and Special Projects at AFRY Process Industries, Latin America.

AGP receives approval of SBTi targets

Meanwhile, Ardagh Glass Packaging has received approval from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets.

SBTi has approved AGP’s plan to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 42% as consistent with achieving a trajectory to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In addition, the company’s plan to reduce absolute scope 3 by 12.3% by 2030 meets the SBTi’s criteria for ambitious value chain goals and is in line with best practice.

This supports the United Nations and Paris Climate Agreement of 2015 objective of net zero emissions by 2050.

Alex Winters, Chief Sustainability Officer, AGP concludes: “Ardagh is committed to ambitious action in sustainability and continuously improving our infinitely recyclable glass packaging to ensure we are doing our part in the circular economy.

“The SBTi approval of AGP’s targets is further evidence of Ardagh’s commitment to help our customers reach their sustainability goals and is extremely positive for not only AGP, but all of its stakeholders.”

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