Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial - December 11, 2023
Bacardi Lowers Carbon Glass Bottle Production
Bacardi, a spirits company, completed a commercial production of glass spirits bottles fueled by hydrogen in a trial that took place earlier in December.
The company worked with Hrastnik1860, a glassmaker, to pioneer technology that powered a glass furnace with hydrogen as its primary energy source, which lowered the GHG emissions typically produced as a byproduct of glass bottle production.
The bottle created was the iconic ST-GERMAIN® elderflower liqueur bottle and is identical in appearance to the bottle produced using traditional methods. The bottle will be available at bars and stores in the coming weeks.
Over the course of the trial, which produced 150,000 of the brand’s 70cl glass bottles, hydrogen contributed more than 60% of the fuel for the glass furnace, cutting GHG emissions by more than 30%.
“Piloting this lower carbon glass production is another example of Bacardi leading the industry in environmental best practice,” says Rodolfo Nervi, Vice President, Safety, Quality and Sustainability for Bacardi, in a statement. “We will take the learnings from the trial to help shape a pathway to hydrogen-fueled glass production and create a blueprint for others to follow. It’s only through making change as an industry that we can bring significant change to our impact on the environment.”
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