Toogle Navigation Press
EnglishLanguage Switcher

Ecological Sustainability

Environmental awareness and efficiency - a strong combination at ALPLA

As one of the world's leading companies in the industry, ALPLA is aware of the great responsibilities that come with the territory in regards to the future of the world.

An important obligation of ALPLA’s is to create innovative means of allowing future generations to live and grow up in an intact environment.

To live up to this responsibility, ALPLA pursues a resource-conserving policy in all areas:

Materials - Less is definitely more

Weight reduction

By using new technologies and materials, ALPLA is continuously reducing the weight, and with it the material and resources consumed in the manufacturing, of its products. For this purpose, ALPLA works very closely for many years with its customers, suppliers and research institutes. ALPLA places a focus on efficient product design in parallel with selection of the right materials for the right production technology. This results in optimal performance and packaging lifecycle of the product.

Material selection

At ALPLA, complete and long-term sustainability of packaging products is in the forefront. When using renewable and non-fossil "green" plastics, concerns such as the risk of food competition and the recyclability of these materials used are all taken into account. ALPLA experts are actively involved in the appropriate application of each material and the testing of biomaterials that conform to ALPLA’s corporate values.
Environmentally harmful materials such as PVC and other plastics containing plasticisers or heavy metals have not been used by ALPLA for over a decade.

Recycling

For years ALPLA has used PET and polyolefin post consumer recycled material (PCR) for the production of plastic packaging. ALPLA also works extensively on further developing PCR materials and the processes at its facilities in order to further increase the recyclability of its products. With these efforts, ALPLA already has a recycled PET percentage of 20% in its top 6 PET bottle-producing facilities. To further advance this important process, ALPLA is also involved in PET recycling facilities in Austria, Poland and Mexico. With the help of these facilities and other efforts, by 2018 the recycling rate should increase by a further 50% compared with the reference year 2011.

Waste management

As a result of the impending shortage of raw materials, the fluctuating raw material prices and from the perspective of an efficient use of materials, the resulting total amount of waste shall be kept as low as possible. This is why all waste data is continuously recorded at ALPLA in order to continuously improve future planning for waste avoidance. We generally try to ensure that material waste, where possible, is recycled back into the production cycle. In this way, material waste that occurs can be optimally used and reduced in the best way possible.

By 2018, the waste volume intensity should be reduced by 20% compared with the base year 2011.
 

Energy - Reduced consumption and utilisation of natural sources

Excellent energy efficiency: 
ALPLA receives "Energy Efficiency Leader Award"

In 1998, ALPLA initiated an infrastructure improvement project in order to reduce energy costs and simultaneously improve environmental compatibility. The associated measures have now been implemented in virtually all ALPLA production facilities around the globe. Improvements also include the use of highly efficient plant technology, optimisation of the infrastructure systems, as well as the consistent avoidance of system losses. This allows for a reduction in required compressed air volumes, for example. A further decisive factor is efficiency optimisation in the cooling process, which is indispensable for production. For this purpose, unreliable cold water systems were replaced with highly efficient cold water machines. Lastly, waste heat produced during the manufacturing process is returned and reused.

The result of these measures was ALPLA being able to significantly reduce its energy consumption, and in turn its CO2 emissions. ALPLA’s achievements at its facilities were also honored by a third party.  In autumn 2011, the refrigerating machine specialist Trane presented ALPLA with the "Energy Efficiency Leader Award". This makes ALPLA one of a few production companies worldwide to be honored with this award in recognition of its commitment to the creation of high-performance buildings.

These efficiency and sustainability-enhancing measures pursue the ambitious goal of reducing overall energy consumption by 15%, and the CO2 intensity by 20% by the year 2018. 2011 is the reference year for this.

Renewable energies

Several solar panels had been installed on the roofs of ALPLA's production plants. We generate 9.5 gigawatt hours of electricity per year and as a result, we were able to reduce our CO2 emissions by 2,900 tonnes.

In Mexico, ALPLA has a cooperation agreement in place with a wind farm, which allows it to use a further approx. 200 gigawatt hours of electricity per year from renewable energies. This provides a saving of 90,000 tonnes of CO2. Renewable energies play an important role in energy production. By 2018, the use of renewable energy sources should have increased by 10% (reference year: 2011).

Transparency & Commitment: Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

ALPLA discloses its business-related CO2 emissions on an annual basis in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a freely accessible register. ALPLA also presents concrete company strategies in the fight against climate change.ocusses on indicators such as climate protection, water consumption, energy consumption and associated reduction targets. Out of 350 companies active in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, ALPLA managed to assert themselves as the leading company in the area of Supply Chain Program in Austria.
 

Water - Coming full circle

Treatment & Consumption Reduction

In addition to people, materials and energy, water is one of the most important resources that ensure the smooth running of operations at ALPLA. In order to protect this resource in the best possible way, ALPLA aims to save 40% of the total water consumption per tonne of material [m³/tonne material] as an overarching company objective for 2018, with 2011 being taken as the base year.

We are motivated about achieving our target by 2018 with the help of, among other things, the following steps:

  • Testing, and where technically appropriate, replacement of the evaporative water cooling towers with dry coolers with a closed water cycle.
  • For the new installations of cooling systems, we will aim to use dry coolers (where technically feasible).
  • In addition to this, water will be used as a resource in a conscious way.

Transport - The shortest path to maximum efficiency

In-house Production

ALPLA’s customers, together with ALPLA, have partnered on a particularly innovative production and supply concept at over 70 locations.  The concept is in-house production. Here, ALPLA produce bottles directly at the customer’s filling lines. In addition to the economical advantage, there are also obvious environmental benefits.  With this in-house model, transport packaging and HGV journeys with excessive fuel consumption are unnecessary.

Efficient transport solutions

How can the number of bottles be increased per HGV? Where is the best production location from a transport perspective? Is the vehicle fleet assembled and equipped correctly? Detailed analyses of these questions provide ALPLA with valuable information for optimizing transport solutions.