Glassmaker O-I has won the edie Sustainability Leaders Award for carbon management for its investment in sustainable technology. O-I has invested £25 million in its Harlow plant in Essex to create the UK’s most sustainable container glass plant using a radical combination of gas-oxy fired furnace and a cullet pre-heater. This is a UK first and only the third combination like it in the world. In 2016, the new system reduced Harlow’s direct CO2 emissions by 25,000 to 30,000 tonnes. Additional reductions are expected when the benefit of the cullet pre-heater becomes apparent. The edie Sustainability Leaders Awards are included in the highly regarded RSA accreditation scheme – one of only a handful of environmental schemes to be chosen for this honour.
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