CROWN RELEASE THIRD SUSTAINABILITY REPORT
Crown has published its third Sustainability Report. Titled 'Perpetual Progress,' the 2015 report documents Crown's continued advancement in the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainability. It also underlines Crown's efforts to improve its sustainability footprint, resource use and emissions per standard unit, even as the Company has seen global volume growth and expanded its geographic reach.
"Our 2015 report highlights results from the innovative approaches we have taken to infuse sustainability into every aspect of our business," said Timothy J. Donahue, President and Chief Operating Officer of Crown. "Some of our greatest achievements in this reporting cycle are in the areas of waste management, coatings reduction and employee safety. We are committed to continuous improvement in these areas and others as we increase global production capacity and build our presence in new markets."
Report contents include infographics, customer testimonials, profiles of contributions made by Crown's facilities around the world and internal data measuring progress for the following key metrics: steel and aluminum consumption; use of coatings, inks and compounds; direct and indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; VOC and NOx emissions; energy consumption and waste disposal, recycling and reuse. These metrics were first measured in Crown's inaugural Sustainability Report issued in 2011 and covering fiscal years 2007 through 2010. The report again utilizes Crown's validated methodology to represent resource usage and emissions from its diverse manufacturing assets per standard unit of production.
The report also explores the many valuable contributions that metal packaging as a format makes to sustainability by preventing food waste, protecting contents for consumers and offering a cost-effective and efficient solution for brand owners and retailers.
Highlights of the new report include:
- In 2014, Crown's global businesses produced nearly 9 billion more cans than in the Company's first initial reporting period in 2007. Despite this increased production, Crown has made tremendous strides managing its waste.
- 37% less waste send to landfill, a reduction of over 8,000 metric tons
- 9% more waste recycled per billion cans, an increase of nearly 39,000 metric tons
- More than 100% more waste converted to energy, an increase of nearly 3,000 metric tons
- Crown also used 14% less coatings since 2007, representing a reduction of nearly 9,000 metric tons.
- The Company's commitment to building a Total Safety Culture is working. There has been a 28% reduction in its days away case rate since 2007
- Recordable injury cases have decreased by 39% since 2009
- Crown had zero work-related fatalities during its entire reporting period (2007 - 2014).
- Better than any other packaging format, cans preserve their contents and help products achieve long shelf lives, significantly reducing the risk of food spoiling before it is consumed.
- If the entire fruit and vegetable supply in the United States was canned, rather than packaged for refrigeration or freezing, an estimated 7 million metric tons of food would be saved. That is equivalent to about 22 million metric tons of CO2. (1)
- Across the lifecycle of a product from farm to fork, including can manufacture, the overall energy used in canning is 20% less than refrigerated food and 50% less than frozen food. (2)
The 2015 report has been structured using the Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) G3.1 Guidelines at Application Level C. In 2016, Crown will participate in CDP and in 2017 our Sustainability Report will be structured using the Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) G4 Guidelines.
A digital version of the 2015 Sustainability Report, published in English, can be downloaded at www.crowncork.com/sustainability. Executive summaries of the report will be available on the website in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish in early 2016.
1) "Effects of Metal Packaging on Energy and Food Waste" - University of Delaware and CROWN Packaging Technology
2) "Effects of Metal Packaging on Energy and Food Waste" - University of Delaware and CROWN Packaging Technology