Coveris shifts to natural gas to improve sustainability

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Coveris shifts to natural gas to improve sustainability

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Packaging provider Coveris has switched to 100% natural gas at its Neuwied plant in Germany to help improve sustainability and efficiencies.

According to the business, the key reason behind the decision to switch their production to natural gas was efficiency – it said that natural gas appliances work significantly faster, more efficiently and produce more heat compared to alternative methods. However, as a result, the plant significantly reduced CO2 emissions, at the same time generating ca. 20% savings which sum up to €40,000 annually.

In a statement, Coveris said that besides the significant energy and costs savings, switching to natural gas offered additional benefits. “As the plant management underlined, another crucial advantage was the increased operational safety as the older system was often failing. By modernising the system, Coveris Neuwied eliminated 100,000 litre gas containers and improved environmental protection for the benefit of both employees and local residents.”

Coveris CEO Jakob A. Mosser said: “By moving to alternative energy sources Coveris Neuwied sets a good example for other flexible packaging manufacturers. We believe that switching to natural gas was a necessary and natural step that benefits both our customers, employees and local environment.”​.

Recently, cultivated meat business Aleph Farms set a net-zero emissions target by 2030​ for its operations while Russian meat processor Cherkizovo Group reported a drop in emissions over the past year​.

In March, Coveris announced it is investing €850,000 to switch to a carbon free source of energy at its facility in Egypt​, as part of its corporate sustainability ambition.

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