Ardagh Metal Packaging
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  • Global Recognition across our sustainable metal 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 metal can 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

AMP's 2022 Sustainability Update

22 Sep 2022

Ardagh Metal Packaging S.A. (AMP) has published its Sustainability Update Report. Since refreshing its sustainability strategy in July 2020, AMP is initiating key actions to achieve newly defined objectives within the three key pillars of Emissions, Ecology and Social. This report provides stakeholders with a comprehensive overview of how these pillars are guiding the integration of sustainability throughout the business while driving and sustaining growth.

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Global Aluminium Can ESG Summit

15 Sep 2022

The Global Aluminium Can Sustainability Summit, September 13-14, in Rome, Italy, brings together more than 100 leaders from organisations globally across the aluminium beverage can value chain to operationalise the decarbonisation of aluminium produced for can sheet and generate transparent information on recycling and circularity including how to measure recycled content in beverage cans.

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Ardagh Awarded EcoVadis Platinum Rating

13 Sep 2022

Ardagh Group S.A., including Ardagh Metal Packaging S.A. and Ardagh Glass Packaging, has been awarded the prestigious platinum rating – the highest sustainability ranking awarded by EcoVadis. The Platinum rating recognises Ardagh’s responsible and sustainable business practices and underlines the scope and ambition of its sustainability efforts. Ardagh is now part of the top 1% of companies recognised with a platinum EcoVadis rating.

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AMP Announces Approval of SBTi Targets

25 Aug 2022

Ardagh Metal Packaging S.A. (AMP) (NYSE: AMBP), a leading global supplier of infinitely recyclable metal beverage cans, received approval from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets.

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Water treatment programme in Brazil

15 Jun 2022

In 2020, the Carbon Disclosure Project awarded Ardagh its Leadership Class ratings for sustainability performance, including an A- for water management – this is within the highest category rating.

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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.

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 Platinum 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

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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

80%. Sustainable packaging solutions

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

75%. Metal beverage packaging

Recycling Rate Alu
Source: European Aluminium

55%. Global packaging company

Recycling Rate Alu
(North America)
Source: Aluminium Association

98%. Metal packaging

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

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Zero waste to landfill 1
by 2025

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Water usage

20% intensity reduction
by 2030

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Greenhouse gas

100% renewable electricity
by 2030

Aligning with Science-Based Targets
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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