European packaging company Coveris has switched the energy supply of its Neuwied plant in Germany entirely to natural gas to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and increase overall cost savings.
According to the company the key reason behind the decision to switch its production entirely to natural gas was efficiency. Appliances fueled by natural gas work significantly faster and produce more heat compared to alternative methods. As a result, the plant significantly reduced CO2 emissions and is generating an average 20 percent annual savings worth EUR 40,000 (USD 43,800).
Besides the significant energy and cost savings, switching to natural gas offered additional benefits. Another crucial advantage was the increased operational safety achieved by modernizing the older system and eliminating 100,000-liter gas containers. This move has improved environmental protection for the benefit of both employees and local residents.
‘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 the local environment,’ commented Jakob A. Mosser, CEO of Coveris.
This is not the first move towards sustainability achieved by Coveris. The company has been already acting on its ambitious environmental goals by reducing emissions of its Egyptian plant by 90 percent and opening a development center at its Rivendell site in Leeds, UK which is focusing on promoting sustainable packaging options.