Manufacturing is energy-intensive. Furthermore, plastic is typically derived from energy sources such as natural gas. As our facility footprint continues to grow and as we increase automation in our facilities, we are cognizant of the fact that our energy usage will grow as well.
To maximize our energy efficiency, we:
- Identify, share, and translate utilities best practices across our company
- Systematically replace energy-intensive processes with energy efficient processes
- Train our employees to identify electrical, gas, and water waste
- Implement ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems compliant processes to reduce energy intensity
Water Usage Reduction
Water is one of our most critical natural resources, and it’s becoming more scarce. In order to better understand our water impact, we used the World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas to analyze water risk (including Physical Quantity, Physical Quality, and Regulatory & Reputational risks) for each of our manufacturing sites.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction
We acknowledge the importance of knowing and mitigating our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which is why we track both our Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions. Our GHG inventory was initially verified for method and accuracy by the EPA as part of the Climate Leaders program.
Electricity represents the vast majority of our Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions, followed by natural gas. We will, therefore, drive GHG emissions reductions through our efforts to improve energy efficiency. We also support renewable energy as an important method to reduce GHG emissions. To understand the scale of our other energy sources, please refer to our GRI Index.
Landfill Waste Reduction
Although we focus on near‐term reduction goals, Berry Global has a long‐term vision to be “Best in Class” both in terms of our waste generation as well as our waste intensity (landfill waste per pound processed) as part of our efforts to achieve Operational Excellence.