Minimizing Our Operational Impacts
From reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and increasing renewable energy, we are continuously improving to work toward the world goal of a net-zero economy.
Committed to limiting global warming by 1.5°C through reducing absolute operational emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 25% and supply chain emissions (Scope 3) by 8% by 2025.
Increase Renewable Energy
Through power purchase agreements and on-site methods, we are increasing our use of renewable energy at record pace to reduce our carbon footprint while fueling our manufacturing sites. This not only reduces our emissions, but contributes to our customers’ scope 3 emissions as well.
Through achievements in reducing our energy in the 100 million-kilowatt hour challenge and the increase of renewable energy, we are making an impact to reduce our emissions through energy.
As one of our most valuable natural resources, we’re using water efficiently through targeted investments in operations.
End Plastic Waste Locally & Globally
Waste Management Hierarchy
We align our waste management program with the waste management hierarchy – which is an industry recognized, best practice for minimizing the impact of waste on the environment. Reducing waste generation is key, and when waste is unavoidable, we prioritize avenues of diversion away from disposal, such as reuse and recycling. Disposal of our waste materials into landfill, at the bottom of the hierarchy, is only considered when all other preferred options have been eliminated. The main focus of our waste diversion strategy is through recycling. All manufacturing sites have an internal focus on regrinding and recycling operational waste, and for non-operational, or waste that cannot be reground internally, facilities are encouraged as part of our waste management strategy to explore and implement potential recycling streams. With our global operations, recycling infrastructure can be underdeveloped in many regions where our facilities operate, so our facilities are active in working with local companies to ensure waste can be recycled.
Zero Waste-to-Landfill Facilities
As we strive to minimize our environmental footprint, many sites are eliminating their waste output altogether. The following list represents a selection of our manufacturing sites that have received the prestigious recognition of having zero waste-to-landfill.
- Blackburn, United Kingdom
- Heanor, United Kingdom
- Rhymney, United Kingdom
- Wimblington, United Kingdom
- Ardeer, United Kingdom
- Beccles, United Kingdom
- Bengaluru, India
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Jackson, Tennessee
- Smyrna, Tennessee
- Suffolk, Virginia
- Syracuse, New York
- Aberdare, United Kingdom
- Aschersleben, Germany
- Biesheim, France
- Nanhai, China
- Suzhou, China
- Jundiaí, Brazil
- Dombühl, Germany
- Easthampton, MA
- Madisonville, KY
- Maldon, United Kingdom
- Cuijk, Netherlands
- Greenock, United Kingdom
- Worcester, United Kingdom
- Cusset, France
- Frankenthal, Germany
- Roeselare, Belgium
- Zele, Belgium
- Leominster, United Kingdom
- Bridgwater, United Kingdom
- Philippsburg, Germany
- Hardenberg, Netherlands
- Nordfolien Steinfeld, Germany
Our Recycling Capabilities
We are working to recover and reprocess valuable plastic waste to provide new life into our products. At sites across both Europe and North America, we are giving plastic multiple lives through our own recycling infrastructure capabilities increasing our supply of recycled content but also centers of material expertise. The growth of our recycling operations has been built through strategic acquisitions of existing infrastructure, coupled with equipment upgrades at the development of new recycling facilities. This approach enables us to integrate circularity into our business model by giving us access to a reliable source of recycled content to incorporate back into our products and reduce our dependence on virgin or externally sourced sustainable materials. We are further able to utilize our infrastructure to provide customers with food-grade packaging work with customers to develop closed-loop solutions for specific product lines. In addition, we have an internal focus on regrinding and recycling operational waste, with our manufacturing sites across the globe having invested in the equipment necessary to recycle internal scrap.
We have achieved a historical trend of lowering our carbon emissions. Through the increase in renewable energy, decrease in product weight, and continuous improvement of our operations, we remain steadfast on our quest to reduce emissions. Not only have we lowered our own scope 1 and 2 emissions, but our customers benefit from our achievements in their scope 3 emissions.
Post-Consumer Recycled Content
We continue to increase our use of PCR in our products to meet our goal of an average 10% PCR in our products by 2025. Customers benefit from our global access to PCR to meet their own sustainability goals.
News & Insights
Cleanstream® - The Future for Food-Grade Mechanically Recycled Plastic
Increased plastic packaging recycling and the incorporation of this collected material into new packaging is critical for continuing progress towards a circular, net-zero economy. As a global leader, Berry Global is dedicated to producing enough recycled content to give plastic multiple lives and keep resources in use and out of the environment.
Berry Global Partners with ACCIONA Energía to Power its Mexico Operations with 100% Renewable Electricity
Wind and solar agreement provides cost savings while significantly reducing Berry’s operational impact. Berry Global today announced a five-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with multinational renewable energy.
Berry Upgraded to “A” Rating from MSCI for Effective ESG Management
EVANSVILLE, Ind. --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 12, 2023-- Berry Global Group, Inc. (NYSE: BERY) earned an “A” environmental, social, and governance (ESG) rating from international ratings agency MSCI for its progress managing ESG risks and opportunities, including improvements in Carbon Emissions, Labor
Berry Partners with Local School Corporation to Educate Students in Manufacturing and Logistics
Berry Global is proud to announce its partnership with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) to help local juniors and seniors jumpstart their careers in manufacturing and logistics. Berry built a unique state-of-the-art on-site classroom for instruction and labs. Students attending these classes will learn valuable skills for the workplace while earning their high school diploma.