Gerresheimer to Focus on Environmentally Friendly Glass Production

Published on: 27 July 2022 07:25 PM
by KnowESG

As part of its global sustainability plan, the Gerresheimer Group has set a goal of cutting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by half by 2030 compared to 2019. The cutting-edge furnace technology in container glass production is a significant component of this endeavour.

The company manufactures high-quality glass packaging for the pharmaceutical, food, and cosmetics industries in Europe, America, and Asia. Gerresheimer's German facility in Tettau, Bavaria, is replacing one of its two furnaces.

Kay Rohn, Managing Director of Gerresheimer Tettau, said: 

"Against the backdrop of the current economic and geopolitical situation, Gerresheimer is sending a strong signal for a successful future with this investment in more sustainable technology. We believe in glass as a future-oriented packaging solution and are committed to the expansion of the Tettau plant."

Gerresheimer employs over 600 employees at its Tettau plant and produces over 700 million glass containers per year. Gerresheimer is setting the groundwork for more sustainable glass manufacturing with the new multi-fuel oxygen furnace. 

After completion at the end of July, the use of green power, which will account for up to 50% of the energy intake in the future, will make a substantial contribution to decreasing the CO2 footprint in container glass production.

To build the new furnace, the previous furnace was drained and removed in mid-June so that the new furnace with modern technology could be built later. 

This furnace technology will enable Gerresheimer to continue to support its international customers as a trustworthy partner as they transition to more sustainable products.

Glass can be recycled indefinitely, making it an appealing material in the context of a sustainable packaging economy. Furthermore, the Gerresheimer Group has been working on several initiatives involving the more energy-efficient production of glass containers for the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and food industries for over a decade. 

This involves, in addition to novel furnace technology, the use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) glass and eco-design principles.

Source: Gerresheimer

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