Ardagh, Crown Holdings sponsors first global aluminum can sustainability summit

US – Ardagh Metal Packaging has partnered with Crown holding to sponsor the first global aluminum can sustainability summit in partnership with Can Manufacturers Institute and International Aluminium Institute.

The Summit will bring together more than 100 leaders across the aluminum beverage can value chain with a focus on the decarbonization of aluminum production and global standardization of measuring recycled content.

The event is organized in partnership with Can Manufacturers Institute, which represents U.S. metal can manufacturers and their suppliers, and International Aluminium Institute, which represents the global primary aluminum industry.

This comes at a time when the demand for aluminum beverage can is growing as consumers place a premium on sustainability factors in their purchasing decisions.

The beverage can’s sustainability advantages provide environmentally conscious consumers with a package that is made of a material that recycles forever, more than pays for its own cost of recycling and is capable of being recycled into the same product infinitely.

The Summit will advance efforts to strengthen the beverage can’s sustainability performance, further cementing the can as the most sustainable, circular beverage package.

Summit speakers include executives and thought leaders from inside and outside the aluminum beverage can industry.

Speakers within the industry include CEOs of leading aluminum beverage can sheet suppliers and the can manufacturers Ardagh and Crown.

Outside of the can industry, speakers include representatives from Energy Transitions Commission, McKinsey and Science Based Targets, as well as the financial institutions Citi, Deutsche Bank and Federated Hermes.

In addition, Laura Thompson of the environmental non-profit GreenBlue will present her initial findings on how to standardize the measurement of recycled content in aluminum beverage cans that is in accordance with international standards.

“The aluminum beverage can is the most recycled beverage container in the world, and these high levels of recycling mean significant carbon savings since processing recycled aluminum utilizes around 5 percent of the energy needed to mine and produce new aluminum,” said Jennifer Cumbee, Chief sustainability officer, Ardagh Metal Packaging.

“This Summit will help further mobilize our industry toward decarbonization and increased recycled content levels, further positioning the beverage can as the leader in sustainability excellence.”

Aluminum beverage cans manufactured in North America currently have an average of 73 percent recycled content.

The Aluminum Association and CMI have transparently reported annually this recycled content industry-average and its methodology including most recently in the 2021 aluminum beverage can sustainability key performance indicators report.

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