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Responsible behaviour globally

Sustainability deals with global and regional issues concerning the environment, the economy and social responsibility. Our Sustainability Strategy covers three pillars, ecology, emissions and social. Ambitious sustainability targets are included in our long term strategic planning. Our aim is to reduce any negative environmental impact whilst remaining economically sustainable and socially responsible. We are a leading supplier of inherently sustainable packaging.

Metal is a permanent material and is therefore infinitely recyclable without any loss of properties. As part of functional engagements with our customers, our team addresses key sustainability challenges such as climate change, water stewardship and responsible sourcing. Below, please find our latest sustainability news along with our 2019 and 2020 Sustainability Reports as part of Ardagh Group.

Coverage of production facilities with certified management systems - 2020


e.g. ISO 14001


Health & Safety
e.g. ISO 45001


e.g. ISO 50001


e.g. ISO 22001

Sustainability news

Ardagh's 2021 Sustainability Report

10 Nov 2021

Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP), a leading global supplier of sustainable, infinitely recyclable metal beverage cans to brand owners around the world, is proud to announce the launch of its 2021 Sustainability Report. The report, which covers achievements from 2019 to 2020, features AMP’s latest progress in leveraging the capabilities of its team to deliver on aggressive environmental performance objectives while extending the sustainability leadership position of the beverage can.

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AMP facility earns sustainability award

30 Aug 2021

Ardagh Metal Packaging’s (AMP) Olive Branch, Mississippi, U.S. beverage can manufacturing facility has been awarded a 2020 Carbon Emission Award from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for having the lowest CO2 emissions across the region’s industry segment of Primary Metal and Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing.

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Our environmental initiatives

Our sustainability strategy is based on taking a proactive approach to our three ‘Pillars of Sustainability’ – Ecology, Emissions and Social. We aim to minimise our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduce our ecological impact and support our people and our communities. We take sustainability seriously and we strive to achieve chance and implement initiatives to be rewarding on all levels.

We are committed to adopting Science-Based Targets, with a targeted 27% reduction in our Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by 2030.

We are also rated A- by CDP for climate change, water management and supplier engagement. We actively promote and support community engagement across our organisation, with a particular focus on educational development in all communities in which we operate.

We track, monitor and measure our sustainability progress to ensure we deliver on our commitments. Metal packaging products enjoy leading rates of recyclability which helps to address our customers’ requirements for environmental and ecological sustainability.

Sustainability accreditations

Sedex logo
MSCI ESG Ratings - Rated BB
Corporate Responsibility Prime - rated by ISS ESG
2020 Evovadis Gold CSR Rating
A- Climate Change
A- Water Management
A Supplier Engagement

*Obtained as part of Ardagh Group S.A.

Sustainability associations

ASI Global Partitions logo
Can Manufacturers Institute logo
Container Recycling Institute logo
Europen logo
Metal Packaging Europe logo
Environmental Sustainability

Protecting our environment

The impact of what we do and how we behave is far-reaching. Production on a scale such as ours brings enormous environmental responsibilities, and we take these seriously, both globally and locally. That is why we identify, control and measure all our activities, and work hard to reduce their environmental impact. We aim to keep energy consumption and emissions to a minimum, maximise our recycling rates, optimise the use of secondary packaging materials and manage waste appropriately, by avoiding use of landfills and limiting water usage.

As a permanent material, metal forms part of the ‘circular economy’ – where materials can be infinitely recycled in a closed loop without any loss of quality. As a result, metal is regarded as ‘permanently available’. The material is not lost as long as it is recycled into another metal product. AMP initiatives that focus on recycling – both of our source materials and within our facilities themselves – showcase our commitment to energy efficiency. Effective environmental management systems are in place across all AMP sites.

Material consumption - 2020

Metal Beverage Can

60,840 t (metric) of raw steel used
582,550 t (metric) of raw alu used

Recycling rates - 2020


Recycling Rate Steel
Source: Associations of European Producers of steel for packaging


Recycling Rate Alu
Source: European Aluminium


Recycling Rate Alu
(North America)
Source: Aluminium Association


Recycling Rate Alu
Source: Abralatas

Energy consumption - 2020

764,072 MWh electricity consumed
678,078 MWh fossil fuels consumed

Water withdrawal - 2020

2,451,947 m3 municipal water supply
623,647 m3 groundwater
3,075,594 m3 total water withdrawal

CO2 emissions - 2020

2,250,330 t (metric) direct CO2 (Scope 1)
210,123 t (metric) indirect CO2 (Scope 2)

Other air emissions - 2020

2,707 t (metric) VOC emissions

Waste - 2020

  • Recycled - 75%
  • Disposed - 25%
  • Hazardous waste - 28%
  • Non-Hazardous waste - 72%

Social Sustainability Policy

We have a strict Social Sustainability Policy that is implemented everywhere we operate. It provides guidelines on social and ethical best practices and encourages all employees to actively support the company's goal of setting a high standard in social sustainability. A key part of our policy is the Community Involvement Project. Our target of this is to have at least one meaningful community project at every AMP site in the near future.

AMP is a member of SEDEX, a social and ethical platform which aims to increase transparency in the supply chain. Companies register their production facilities and complete facility-specific questionnaires covering four areas: labour, health & safety, business ethics and the environment. Added to this, each year we publish a Conflict Minerals Report, detailing our robust approach to conflict minerals due diligence. Our suppliers need to demonstrate traceability and accountability of the raw materials they supply us.

Sustainable supply chain - 2020

  • 71% of new suppliers were screened using environment criteria and social.
  • 100% of our key suppliers have agreed to adhere to our Responsible Procurement Policy.
  • 100% of steel suppliers provided information on conflict minerals.

Accident reporting - 2020

0.22 Lost time accidents
0.56 Recordable accident rate

Cases/100 full-time employees

Social Sustainability

Building a sustainable future

We recognise that emissions, ecology and social sustainability are closely linked and that the long-term economic performance of Ardagh has an impact on our employees, local communities, customers, suppliers, investors and other stakeholders. 

That’s why we continually invest in systems and processes that improve the efficiency of our operations, reduce costs and increase competitiveness. One initiative, for instance, promotes customer and supplier partnership programmes in order to strengthen relationships along the supply chain.

Permanent materials are classified as materials that once produced can be infinitely recycled or reused without any loss of quality

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