Best of Earth911 Podcast: Crown Holding’s Jennifer Bogs on Making Aluminum More Sustainable

Best of Earth911 Podcast: Crown Holding’s Jennifer Bogs on Making Aluminum More Sustainable

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How can we make some of the recycled supplies extra sustainable? Meet Jennifer Bogs, director of worldwide sustainability at Crown Holdings, Inc., one of many largest aluminum can producers worldwide at $12.9 billion in annual gross sales. The aluminum business famously claims that 75% of all aluminum ever produced remains to be in use right this moment; it’s a extremely recyclable materials. Reusing 1 ton of aluminum reduces by 8 tons the necessity to mine uncooked bauxite, the ore aluminum is product of, and saves 14,000 kWh of power, sufficient electrical energy to energy one U.S. house for a whole yr. But the Environmental Protection Agency’s final aluminum recycling statistics, from 2018, present that solely 50.4% of drink cans distributed within the U.S. have been recycled. And throughout all makes use of of aluminum, solely 34.9% of the fabric is recycled. Recycling leads to the United States don’t evaluate favorably with Europe, the place recycling charges are constantly above 70%, or China and Brazil, which reported they recovered 99.5% and 96.5% of aluminum beverage cans, respectively.

Jennifer Bogs, director of Global Sustainability at Crown Holdings Inc.
Jennifer Bogs, director of worldwide sustainability at Crown Holdings Inc., is our visitor on Sustainability in Your Ear.

Crown has introduced carbon discount and environmental targets, referred to as the Twentyby30 Goals. The firm has decreased Scope 1 and a couple of carbon emissions, these straight and not directly related to its manufacturing actions, by 12% since 2019 whereas rising manufacturing by 8 billion cans — its carbon depth is lowering. However, Crown’s Scope 3 emissions rose by 25%. Like many firms, Scope 3 is the place a lot of Crown’s alternative to enhance lives within the coming years. The firm additionally just lately reported that it has elevated the usage of renewable energy to 34% on the trail to 75% renewable use by 2030 and has decreased risky natural compound emissions by 6% since 2019. The firm’s inner efforts concentrate on activating and educating workers in dozens of producing and workplace places across the globe to make enterprise choices based mostly on environmental impacts.

You can study extra about Crown at The point out of cork within the URL displays its legacy as Crown Cork & Seal Company, based in 1892.

Originally aired Jul 10, 2023