Ardagh Metal Packaging
  • Sustainability

    Sustainable Packaging Company
  • Sustainability News
  • Global Recognition across our sustainable packaging business

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

Sustainable packaging business

e.g. ISO 14001

Metal Packaging Sustainability

Health & Safety
e.g. ISO 45001

Packaging Sustainability Statistics

e.g. ISO 50001

Global Sustainable Packaging Company

Quality and Food Safety
e.g. ISO 22000 / FSSC 22000

Sustainability news

Partnering with CMI to improve recycling

27 Apr 2022

In 2020, AMP - North America and the Can Manufacturers Institute noticed the declining beverage can recycling rates in North America. AMP - NA and CMI joined forces to address the need to recover used beverage cans, creating the Can Capture Grant Programme - a grant scheme that funds material recovery facilities.

Read More

Ardagh marks Earth Day

22 Apr 2022

For more than 50 years, Earth Day has been celebrated by billions of people around the globe, annually on April 22. It’s a day when people come together to raise awareness for the health of the environment and we are proud to be a part of this.

Read More

North America investing in STEM

23 Mar 2022

Under the social pillar of our sustainability strategy, we have committed to invest approximately $50 million from 2021 - 2032 in the local communities in which our U.S. facilities are located.

Read More

Giving back to our communities

16 Mar 2022

Many of Ardagh’s employees have a passion for helping others in their local communities. Community spirit is encouraged at Ardagh through a variety of acts such as volunteering and charitable donations to support people in need in the communities in which we operate.

Read More

Ardagh earns A rating from CDP

18 Feb 2022

At Ardagh, we are committed to sustainability, and we understand that we alone cannot achieve our sustainability targets and goals. We believe that by collaborating with our customers, suppliers, communities, trade groups and associations, we can all deliver meaningful impact to create a future to be positive about. We are delighted to receive once again an A rating from the CDP for our supplier engagement.

Read More

Click here for more of our sustainability news

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.

We are also rated A- by CDP for climate change and water management and A for 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
2021 Evovadis Gold CSR Rating
Corporate Responsibility Prime - rated by ISS ESG
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

GHG emissions - 2020

2,250,330 t (metric) direct CO2e (Scope 1)
210,123 t (metric) indirect CO2e (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.

Targets for 2030

2030 Targets

Waste Icon

Zero waste to landfill 1
by 2025

Water Icon
Water usage

20% intensity reduction
by 2030

Greenhouse Gas Icon
Greenhouse gas

100% renewable electricity
by 2030

Aligning with Science-Based Targets
Emissions Icon

10% VOC emission intensity
reduction by 2030

1 Zero to waste landfill for operational waste streams where allowable by regulation

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