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Ball Announces Plants with Greatest Sustainability Impact in 2014

Ball Announces Plants with Greatest Sustainability Impact in 2014

23 April 2015

Ball Announces Plants with Greatest Sustainability Impact in 2014

Ball Corporation is honoring seven of its 58 global manufacturing plants with the R. David Hoover Sustainability Award for making a substantial impact toward Ball’s sustainability goals, both inside the plant and within their communities, in 2014.
The annual award recognizes one plant in each region of Ball’s global beverage can business and its global food and household products business for the best overall sustainability improvement, as well as greatest impact in their local community.

The most sustainable plants of 2014 and examples of their operational achievements from last year include:

Global Metal Beverage Packaging

  • Wallkill, New York (Beverage Cans, North America): Reduced its total recordable incident rate by 66 percent.
  • Belgrade, Serbia (Ball Packaging Europe): Reduced its total waste to landfill by 6 percent.
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Ball Asia Pacific): Improved its natural gas efficiency by 20 percent.
  • Alagoinhas, Brazil (Latapack-Ball): Reduced the total amount of waste generated per unit of production by 5 percent.

Global Metal Food and Household Products Packaging

  • Baltimore, Maryland (Metal Food and Household Products): Improved its electricity efficiency by 15 percent.
  • Bellegarde, France (Global Impact Extruded Aluminum Packaging): Improved its water efficiency by more than 18 percent.
  • Beaurepaire, France (Global Slugs): Improved its natural gas efficiency by 11 percent.

"Sustainability remains at the core of maximizing value in all of Ball’s businesses and our commitment to sustainability has never been stronger," said John A. Hayes, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We continue to set aggressive goals and, thanks to disciplined execution at all levels, made significant progress toward achieving them last year. Congratulations to the 2014 Hoover Sustainability Award winning plants and our employees for their persistent dedication to our long-term sustainability vision."

Year over year, each of Ball’s plants around the world is evaluated based on performance in various categories, including the reduction of electricity, natural gas, water usage, waste and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as well as overall safety record, sharing of best practices, local support of packaging collection and recycling, charitable contributions and volunteerism.

In 2011, Ball established the R. David Hoover Sustainability Award in honor of the company’s former chairman, president and CEO, who was a key driver in the development of Ball’s formal sustainability program.

In May, Ball will release updated, third-party verified sustainability data on www.ball.com. For more information about Ball’s ongoing sustainability efforts, please visit www.ball.com/sustainability.