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Environmental management system at Portuguese glass-maker

Environmental management system at Portuguese glass-maker
© tonefotografia, image #117516375, 2017, source: Fotolia.com
Resources:
Energy, Water
Sector:
All sectors
Cost:
High cost
Annual saving:
17 - 48%
Resource savings: Waste water:
96 % in 2009
Associated cost savings: Energy:
17%
Associated cost savings: Water:
48%
Premises and operation areas:
Product and design, Production processes, Waste and recycling
Size of company:
Medium (less than 250)
Advancement in applying resource efficiency measures:
Advanced

Glass-maker seeks transparency ... in environmental performance

  • A focus on EMAS boosted environmental transparency and delivered savings 
  • Reduced water consumption by 48 % and energy consumption by 17 % between 2006 and 2009 

Verallia, a global player in glass packaging based in Portugal, implemented a series of environmental improvments according to its eco-management and audit system (EMAS). The changes, including water- and energy-saving measures, sought to boost performance during the manufacture and distribution of glass containers.

Key results

The EMAS measures and benefits included reduced water consumption by 48 % and energy consumption by 17 % between 2006 and 2009. Verallia successfully reused 88 % of its recycled wastewater in 2008, and reached 96 % in 2009. The company has also observed greater internal and external transparency regarding overall environmental performance, which has helped it better comply with environmental legislation.

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