A state-of-the-art facility with sustainability at heart
Ciner Glass is committed to reducing its carbon footprint as far and fast as possible. Our objective is to provide customers with the highest quality glass at the lowest weight using less energy and natural resources. In other words, we want to produce the most environmentally friendly container glass with the lowest carbon footprint.
In order to achieve this objective, we focus on three main aspects: well-thought-out production processes, product innovation and sustainable transport.
Well-thought-out production processes
The production facility at Lommel will be equipped with two unique, innovative end-fired melting furnaces that are significantly less energy intensive and therefore emit less CO2. This type of furnace is characterized by a maximum capacity of 500 tons per day, yet Ciner Glass is seeking and pushing its technological limits. Crucially, the energy requirement for a 650-ton melting furnace is only slightly higher than for a 500-ton furnace, which would again imply a significant reduction in energy consumption and CO2 emissions per product.
Additional investments will further reduce the plant’s carbon footprint, such as a residual heat boiler recovering part of the energy for sanitary purposes and heating as well as the maximal use of renewable (solar and wind) energy.
Our main ambition in terms of product innovation is to make a major step forward by reducing the weight of its glass bottles by 10% – from 200 g to 180 g for a standard bottle – while maintaining their strength and other properties required for the demanding food and beverage industry. A bottle with such a low weight is unprecedented and its development is very complex.
The successful roll-out of this innovation in the new production facility will bring great benefits and strategic importance. A lighter bottle will not only reduce Ciner Glass’ but also its customers’ carbon footprint. In addition, the use of raw materials and energy will be significantly reduced, which will lower production costs. In total, for the same production through the lightweight innovation, more than 40,000 tons of glass per year can be saved.
According to statistics from the European Federation of Packaging Glass, FEVE, Belgium is among the best countries in Europe in terms of recycling glass. However, as production facilities are limited, Belgium is forced to export its recycled glass cullet. Our investment in Lommel will lead to the closing of the glass cycle within Belgium. Moreover, we foresee to use about 70% (instead of 50%) cullet in our production activities, allowing to significantly lower the melting temperature and reducing the amount of energy required.
Calculations indicate that avoiding transport by local production, combined with the lightweight innovation, will make Ciner Glass emit about 13.55 g CO2 per bottle less. This amounts to a total annual CO2 reduction of 28,942 tons. In addition, we are committed to making maximum use of rail and water transport for the supply of raw materials and the removal of products.