American manufacturer O-I Glass has announced significant sustainability achievements in 2023, conserving more than 24,000 tonnes (t) of glass and 13,000t of carbon dioxide (CO₂) through collective lightweighting efforts.  

This announcement was part of the company’s 2024 Sustainability Report Update. 

The report also revealed that O-I Glass eliminated nearly 35,000t of CO₂ emissions through over 100 energy reduction projects. 

In 2023, the company reduced scope 1 and 2 emissions by nearly 20% from the 2017 base year. 

It has achieved this milestone through a comprehensive climate strategy such as sourcing renewable energy, increasing recycled content, improving energy efficiency, and adopting new furnace technologies.  

In North America, O-I Glass also established 35 glass packaging collection sites, supporting nine communities’ recycling efforts.  

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The Glass4Good programme, with four sites, has raised more than $26,100 for United Way and collected 688t of glass, the company noted.  

The programme has saved approximately 800t of raw materials and more than 230t of CO₂, equating to the annual energy use of about 28 homes. 

Globally, the company’s 44 closed-loop partnership programmes with customers have conserved nearly 145,000t of glass.  

O-I Glass also added a new facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, designed for its proprietary MAGMA technology, and invested €50m ($53.54m) in Vayres, France, for advanced combustion technology and heat recovery systems.  

Additionally, a new GOAT furnace was started in Zipaquira, Colombia. 

O-I Glass chief sustainability and corporate affairs officer Randy Burns said: “For O-I Glass, the road to sustainability is paved by innovation.  

“True sustainability requires marquee transformation and great ambition – from the fuels, processes, and technologies we use to the relationships we have with our suppliers, customers, communities, and nearly 23,000 employees around the world.” 

Earlier this month, O-I Glass announced the completion of the development and testing of its mobile glass processing machine.