The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded ENERGY STAR plant certification to Ardagh Glass Packaging – North America’s (AGP – NA) facility in Madera, California.

AGP – NA’s Madera glassmaking facility manufactures glass containers for the US wine market, producing around one million containers a day.

Ardagh has improved the site’s energy performance by upgrading and optimising furnaces, using recycled glass and installing energy-efficient lighting fixtures.

The facility meets the EPA’s energy efficiency performance levels and is claimed to be in the top 25% of similar facilities across the US for energy efficiency.

Ardagh Glass Packaging chief sustainability officer Alex Winters said: “Ardagh Glass Packaging is honoured to earn the Energy Star plant certification at our Madera, California facility for the ninth consecutive year.

“Thanks to the dedicated Ardagh employees for their commitment to continued energy savings, making Ardagh an environmental leader in the packaging industry.”

The award comes after Ardagh received ENERGY STAR building certification for its distribution centre in Fairfield, California, last month.

Since 2010, the company has received 51 ENERGY STAR plant and building certifications across ten of its facilities.

A business unit of Ardagh Group, AGP – NA is the only glass container manufacturer in the US to secure recognition for multiple facilities over several years.

ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch chief Cindy Jacobs said: “Improving the energy performance of our nation’s manufacturing plants is critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“EPA applauds companies that make a commitment to energy efficiency, demonstrated by achieving ENERGY STAR certification for their facilities.”

ENERGY STAR-certified buildings and plants consume 35% less energy and release 35% lesser greenhouse gas emissions on average.

In November last year, Ardagh Glass Packaging – Africa announced an investment to increase the capacity of its Nigel production facility in Gauteng, South Africa.