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Europe: Crown honors three facilities for sustainability achievements

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Crown Holdings honored three of its facilities for outstanding sustainability achievements from 2015 to 2016.

First introduced in 2012, the biennial Chairman’s Sustainability Awards program honors exemplary contributions made by the employees based in the company’s international network of 146 facilities.

Saving resources

A beverage can plant in Hanoi, Vietnam won the Crown’s Economic Sustainability Award, which recognizes actions and projects that display a significant, measurable reduction in the company’s use of resources that enhance competitiveness, including energy, water, freight and fuel.

The plant implemented an effort to save energy, including a metering system to reduce electricity use.

The program introduced unique sensors that adjust vacuum blower speed to can density as well as LED lamps, more efficient air conditioners and new compressors.

Since 2014, the Hanoi facility has decreased energy usage per can by 13.8%, even as can production has increased by 18.2%.

The program also helped the plant achieve the ISO 50001 certification.

Benefiting the local community

The Environmental Sustainability Award went to the beverage can facility in Agoncillo, Spain, for its initiative to repair plastic pallets used throughout the plant instead of disposing or replacing them.

This has saved the plant 525,000 tons of waste.

The outsourcing of the repair work was given to a company that hires disabled workers, thereby making a meaningful contribution to its local community.

Safety-minded staff

Lastly, the CMB Engineering can making equipment facility in Shipley, UK, was acknowledged for its employee safety program called Cool To Be Safe.

Since 2012, the program has helped reduce workplace injuries by more than 80%.

The initiative focused on having employees examine how their behaviors can impact their personal safety and those around them, and how those actions can be modified to become a safer person at work and at home.