Ardagh Group, Glass – North America, a division of Ardagh Group and producer of glass containers for the food and beverage industries in the US, was awarded three ENERGY STAR plant certifications for superior energy performance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – the only U.S. glass container manufacturer to earn this recognition.
The three Ardagh Group manufacturing facilities, located in Bridgeton, N.J.; Dunkirk, Ind.; and Madera, Calif.; have demonstrated best-in-class energy performance and perform within the top 25 percent nationwide for energy efficiency when compared to similar plants across the country.
This is the third consecutive year for Bridgeton, the fourth consecutive year for Madera, and the fifth consecutive year for Dunkirk to be awarded ENERGY STAR plant certifications.
"Ardagh Group is honored to remain the only U.S. glass container manufacturer to earn the prestigious ENERGY STAR plant certifications," said John Riordan, President and CEO of Ardagh Group, Glass – North America. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our dedication to the environment by continuing to maximize the use of recycled materials at our facilities and optimizing our manufacturing operations to improve energy performance."
Meeting strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA, Ardagh Group's three recognized glass facilities have improved in four key areas:
- energy performance by upgrading and optimizing furnaces;
- utilizing recycled glass;
- installing energy-efficient lighting fixtures; and
- repairing air compressor leaks.
Since 2010, nine Ardagh Group, Glass – North America facilities have received 29 ENERGY STAR plant certifications.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.
Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA.
For more than twenty years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $362 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 2.4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.
"Improving the energy efficiency of our nation's industrial facilities is critical to protecting our environment," said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. "From the plant floor to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their facilities more efficient and earning EPA's ENERGY STAR certification."
Ardagh Group is a global leader in glass and metal packaging solutions, producing packaging for most of the world's leading food, beverage and consumer care brands. We operate 109 facilities in 22 countries, employ 23,500 people and have global sales exceeding approximately $8.4 billion.