Sector News

Absolut introduces hydrogen-fired glass furnace

November 6, 2022
Food & Drink

Pernod Ricard-owned Absolut Vodka says it is the “first global spirits brand” to move to a partly hydrogen-fired glass furnace for its large-scale production.

The hydrogen initiative is Absolut’s latest step in its plan to become CO2-neutral by 2030. A requirement for meeting this goal is to reduce the carbon footprint of its glass packaging.

Ardagh’s Limmared glassworks (a subsidiary of Ardagh Group), which has been a partner of Absolut for 40 years, will supply the partly hydrogen-fired furnace. The company currently uses natural gas and electricity to power its furnaces. From the second half of 2023, Ardagh will launch a pilot in its Limmared plant to replace 20% of its natural gas with green hydrogen to manufacture all Absolut’s bottles across its portfolio.

Stéphanie Durroux, chief executive of Absolut, said: “Given we’ve been investing in our own production for decades, decreasing our emissions and increasing energy efficiency, we’re now in a position where we also can focus on the parts of our value chain that are outside of our own scope”.

She added: “The glass manufacturing industry is in a transformative journey, and the world can’t wait for the perfect solution. A bold and innovative approach is needed to accelerate radical change that will help solve the significant sustainability challenges that all glassmakers and buyers of glass face.”

The company has also made other changes in line with its CO2 neutrality commitments, such as the lightweighting of glass, increased use of electricity in the current furnace and an increase in recycled flint glass.

Bo Nilsson, managing director of Ardagh Glass Limmared, added: “Our industry needs to be less reliant on fossil fuels and transition at pace to using more green energy. By investing in this new technology, we are embarking on a journey to reduce the carbon footprint of our glass packaging”.

“There are challenges with such innovation, but we are committed to being an early mover in future-proofing our glass manufacturing operations worldwide”.

By Gwen Jones


comments closed

Related News

November 27, 2022

Cargill to appoint Brian Sikes as president and CEO

Food & Drink

Cargill will appoint Brian Sikes as its president and chief executive officer on 1 January 2023. The soon-to-be CEO, currently holding the chief operating officer title, has worked at Cargill for 31 years. Dave MacLennan, who has served as Cargill’s CEO since 2013, will assume the role of executive chair of the company’s board of directors.

November 27, 2022

Wellness, self-expression drive the latest trends in colors and flavors

Food & Drink

Comforting colors, feel-good flavors, and unique food and beverage experiences will resonate most with consumers in the new year, according to ADM’s latest Flavor and Color Outlook. ADM anticipates that 2023 will be the year of self-expression, and the company identified four trends that are sure to stand out.

November 27, 2022

Nespresso unveils home-compostable coffee capsules in partnership with Huhtamaki

Food & Drink

Nestlé’s Nespresso brand will pilot home-compostable coffee capsules on the Nespresso Original system in France and Switzerland from spring 2023 before further launches in several other European countries within a year. The paper-based capsules are touted as a breakthrough in packaging technology after three years of R&D.