USA – Ball Corporation, a provider of sustainable packaging solutions for beverage and food industry has announced that it is committed move to 100% renewable electricity in its North American operations by 2021.

The company has reached an agreement with global energy and infrastructure group, Eversheds Sutherland for two virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) – one wind and one solar.

The projects will provide the company with a total of 388 MW of new renewable energy, helping it move towards a sustainable production and supply chain.

According to Ball, the development will allow it power 100 percent of its corporate, packaging and aerospace operations electricity load in North America with renewable energy by the end of 2021.

Ball also expects to be able to reduce its global Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 50%.

With a combined annual estimated energy production of 1,200,000 MWh, equivalent to the volume of electricity used by 100,000 US homes each year, Ball estimates these projects will contribute nearly 5,000 percent more renewable energy to the company’s North American electricity portfolio.

“These renewable energy agreements place Ball among the leading corporate buyers of renewable energy in our industry and the US, marking a critical moment in our sustainability journey, and are a demonstration of our commitment to have the aluminium can recognised as the most sustainable package,” said John Hayes, Ball Corporation CEO.

“The combined wind and solar projects will allow us to address our North American electricity use and make significant progress toward our previously announced Scope 1 and 2 science-based GHG emissions target, while leaving room for growth in our businesses.”

Ball first began using renewable energy in 2015, building three wind turbines in partnership with a local service provider to help power its Findlay, Ohio, beverage packaging plant.

In 2018, Ball Corporation announced it was investing US$9 million to install three new wind turbines at its Findlay, Ohio beverage packaging plant.

The company said this was an addition to three other turbines present at the facility, and together the six turbines will provide approximately 30% of the plant’s power.

“Utilising renewable energy is an important lever to further enhance the sustainability credentials of our packaging and we’re exploring similar opportunities across our global footprint,” said Hayes.

“We also continue to work with our customers, suppliers and other industry partners to further enhance the can’s sustainability credentials and meet increasing customer, consumer and retail demand for more sustainable solutions to the plastic pollution crisis.”