Heineken developing low-carbon glass beer bottles

Heineken has announced it is taking part in a study that aims to better understand methods to decarbonise glass production, as the company looks to reduce emissions in the bottling process.

Partnering with not-for-profit research technology organisation (RTO) Glass Futures and Heineken’s supplier Encirc, the venture seeks to create low-carbon glass bottles by developing technology and improving processes across manufacturing and the supply chain.

Within the study, the company has replaced conventional natural gas with biofuel and increased recycled content for its bottles up to 100% to produce low-carbon bottles. It is claimed that for every 10% increase in recycled glass, the company can reduce emissions by 5%.

The trial, which is in its early stages, will see 1.4 million bottles of Heineken low-carbon beer bottles produced, with the intent of hitting the UK market early 2021.

Anca Olteanu, Heineken Strategic Sourcing Director Packaging, said that since 30% of the company’s carbon footprint comes from packaging, its ambition is to decrease emissions by embedding circularity of its products.

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