Areas of Focus
In striving to minimize our environmental footprint and conserve natural resources we work to address the following:
Our Sustainability Goals
We strive to minimize our environmental footprint and conserve natural resources.
Reduce electricity and natural gas intensity (energy consumed per pound processed) by 1% per year as part of our continuous improvement efforts.
Reduce water intensity (water consumed per pound processed) by 1% per year as part of our continuous improvement efforts.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Reduce our Scope 1 GHG emissions intensity (CO2 equivalents per pound processed) by 1% per year as part of our continuous improvement efforts.
Reduce our landfill waste by 5% per year as part of our continuous improvement efforts.
How are we actively working to conserve energy consumption?
One example is our Berry Unplugged Program. Through this program, we share best practices and educate sites on ways to improve energy efficiency, thereby reducing energy intensity. Sites implement energy reduction projects ranging from simple lighting projects to significant capital investments.
Life Cycle Thinking
Not only are we concerned about our direct waste, we are also concerned about the entire life cycle of our products. At Berry, we support the research and development of practical and economical end‐of‐life scenarios for our products, such as recycling, that prevent them from accumulating in landfills or the natural environment as litter or marine debris.
Measuring Our Performance
We have a long‐term vision to be best in class as part of our efforts to achieve operational excellence
Manufacturing is energy intensive. Furthermore, plastics, is primary raw material, are typically derived from energy sources such as natural gas. Energy is a critical part of everything we do.
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 is one of our most critical natural resources as well as a resource that is 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. The water risk for each site was communicated across the Company to help each site better understand their impacts and prioritize the importance of projects to reduce water consumption, especially in higher risk geographies.
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.
Although we focus on near‐term reduction goals, we have a long‐term vision to be “Best in Class” both in terms of our waste generation as well as our waste intensity (pounds landfill waste per pound processed) as part of our efforts to achieve Operational Excellence.
Maximizing Product Recyclability
We believe it is important to design packaging for recyclability. We evaluate the packaging we manufacture for recyclability based on the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability as well as recycling access to maximize the recyclability of our packaging. Click below to learn more about our partnerships that are working towards increasing both recycling access and recycling rates.
In accordance with our waste management hierarchy, we strive to minimize waste generation. For any waste that is generated, we aim to recover it in the most environmentally preferred manner, which typically also retains the highest economic value.