Looking Ahead

“It is not easy, but we firmly believe that by working with our customers and suppliers and by empowering our people to exercise their own creativity and ingenuity, we can make the changes necessary to create a more sustainable future.”
John Naughton, Technical Director

At Allied we are ambitious about sustainability, maximising the amount of recycled content, cullet, we use in both our standard flint glass and our coloured glass. With regard to coloured glass specifically over 90% of the batch mix is recycled content.

Additionally, recent investments in the latest furnace technologies will be beneficial by reducing Allied’s carbon emissions.

Allied’s Environmental Policy

Allied Glass as a manufacturer of quality glass containers for the food and beverage market, takes a close and responsible interest in the environmental issues associated with its operations. The company, its directors and employees are committed to the continual improvement of environmental performance and the prevention of pollution.

Through this environmental policy and environmental procedures, the company will follow good environmental practice at all times. The company will carry out regular reviews, performance assessments and use this information to set environmental objectives with clearly defined targets and time frames within which to sustain continual improvement. At this time, environmental performance improvements will be centered on the following key objectives:

  • To regard relevant environmental laws, regulations and industry codes of practice as the minimum standards of environmental performance. Where no requirements exist, the company will set its own standards.
  • To strive towards the highest possible energy efficiency in every area of operations, with objectives and targets focused specifically on energy efficiency improvement.
  • To minimise the adverse impacts on the environment during research, design, purchasing, manufacture and the lifecycle of products and processes.
  • To formally assess the environmental impact of all new processes and equipment, including its energy consumption.
  • To prevent future land contamination and minimise polluting emissions to air and water.
  • To adopt a five-tier approach to waste management. To eliminate, reduce, reuse, recycle and make safe prior to disposal, using the safest and most responsible means available.
  • To include environmental issues in training programs and continue to educate and enthuse all employees to provide total compliance with the requirements contained within this policy at all times.
  • To continually improve the Environmental Management System and its effectiveness to enhance Environmental Performance.

The company will ensure that the environmental system is maintained and complies with the requirements of the Environmental Standard BS. EN. ISO 14001. You can learn more about the benefits of ISO 14001 here.  View our policy here.

This policy will be reviewed annually and will be made available to all employees, and other interested parties through the Internet Web Site www.allied-glass.com.

Allied’s Co2 journey so far

Climate change is one of our largest global challenges and presents a significant array of unique challenges for any business.

Allied Glass recognises that greenhouse gases contribute to climate change and that the effects of climate change are likely to have far-reaching impacts on the environment, on societies and on the continued economic viability of many industrial processes.

At Allied, controlling and reducing the CO2 emissions from our operations is one of our main board-level priorities. We have made significant progress to date, in 2019 Allied Glass reduced the CO2 emissions associated with every tonne of product by 12%, when compared to 2016.

Measuring our Success 2019

When using 2016 as the baseline year:

  • CO2 emissions from furnace coloured glass was reduced by 39%
  • CO2 emissions from Extra White Flint glass was reduced by 14%
  • CO2 emissions from flint glass reduced by 22%
  • One of the most effective ways for us to reduce our CO2 emissions is to switch to cleaner sources of energy.  In 2019 100% of the electricity Allied Glass used was from green renewable sources.
  • The primary raw materials used in the production of glass are cullet, sand, soda ash and limestone. At Allied Glass, we are committed to using as much recycled glass content as possible, as this allows raw materials to be melt at lower temperatures, reducing our energy consumption and therefore carbon emissions which are put into the air.
  • The use of recycled glass in Allied’s manufacturing process reduces the amount of virgin raw materials we use and prevents release of CO2 from carbonate materials such as soda ash and limestone.
  • Increased recycled content in flint and coloured glass from 34% to 55%
  • In 2019 Allied purchased over 100,000 tonnes of post-consumer recycled glass which saved over 46,000,000 kwh of energy.
  • Avoided digging up more than 118,000 tonnes of raw materials or the weight of 21,450 adult elephants
  • Allied continued to recycle all process waste from our forehearth colouring process, regardless of its colour, further improving the sustainability of our feeder-coloured glass.