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O-I opens green plant in France

US-based glass packaging firm O-I has opened its new photovoltaic plant in Béziers, France, as part of its strategy to reduce carbon footprint.

The photovoltaic panels has been installed by green energy producer Aérowatt. The company has implemented 10,085 m2 of modules at Béziers plant, covering four warehouses, and a global capacity of 1381.5 kWp to produce green energy.

O-I has launched a programme to reduce its energy usage and CO2 emissions, as well as increase the proportion of cullet (recycled glass) used in its production of new glass.

O-I Europe Environment and Industrial Risk Director of Energy Yvan Agniel said the group is considering to reduce its carbon footprint by 65% by 2017, decrease its overall energy consumption by 50% and increase the proportion of recycled glass to 60% globally.

O-I is has increased the proportion of cullet in its manufacturing process to reduce waste, decrease CO2 emissions related to the extraction of raw materials and reduce energy consumption. The Béziers site currently uses 90% cullet.

In 2008, the company installed an Ipaq recycling centre next to the Béziers. The recycled glass is transported to the plant on conveyor belts, saving 20 trucks’ worth of a CO2 a day.