Ardagh uses hydrogen to fuel the Absolut vodka glass bottle plant

Beverage packaging giant Ardagh Group has struck an agreement with Absolut Vodka that will allow the global spirits brand to be the first to move to a partially hydrogen energy-fired glass furnace for large-scale production.

The rdagh Group and Absolut Vodka will jointly invest in the hydrogen-fired glass oven, an industry first which they believe will be a significant step in reducing carbon emissions in the manufacture of their bottles.

“The hydrogen initiative is an important milestone for Absolut Vodka to become completely carbon neutral by 2030. A prerequisite for being able to achieve this goal is to reduce the carbon footprint of its glass packaging.”

Ardagh’s Limmared glass production facility in Sweden currently uses a combination of natural gas and electricity to power its kilns. The Limmared hydrogen pilot intends to replace 20 percent of its natural gas with green hydrogen to produce all of Absolut’s bottles across its portfolio.

Although glass is recyclable, as a beverage packaging material it is relatively more energy intensive than aluminum cans.

New technologies such as hydrogen-fired furnaces aim to significantly reduce CO2 emissions from glass production. Lighter glass, increased power consumption in kilns and a significant increase in recycled white glass are also being used by industry to reduce emissions.

Absolut owns one of the most energy efficient distilleries in the world and aims to be carbon neutral by 2030.

The CEO of The Absolut Company, Stephanie Durroux, said she can now focus on the parts of the value chain that are outside of her direct control.

“A bold and innovative approach is required to accelerate radical change that will help solve the significant sustainability challenges facing all glass manufacturers and glass buyers.” Ardagh uses hydrogen to fuel the Absolut vodka glass bottle plant

Fry Electronics Team

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