Our sustainability development - The environment
Aware of the environmental challenges of its activity, Saverglass has a long-standing commitment to sustainable development.
Our Group's ambition is to optimize all its processes and activities in order to improve its industrial efficiency, reduce its environmental impact and save natural resources.

Conserving
natural resources

Saverglass is committed to preserving natural resources through the efficient use of raw materials, water and energy.

 

Glass and recycling

Recycling glass is an integral part of a sustainable development approach. Glass is the only packaging material that is 100% and infinitely recyclable. A used and recycled bottle can thus be used to produce a new bottle without loss of quality or quantity. This results in an endless cycle of glass reuse in which neither quality nor quantity is lost.

The use of cullet (recycled glass) in our industrial process has major ecological advantages

  • Reduced use of natural resources, as cullet replaces raw materials (sand, limestone and soda).
  • Energy savings, as cullet melts more quickly and at a lower temperature than that of natural raw materials.
  • Limitation of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere (see below). Reduction in the volume of waste, and recovery and reuse of waste by avoiding landfill disposal.

 

 

Water and recovery

We have significantly reduced our consumption of drinking water. For example, the share of recovered rainwater out of total consumption at the Feuquières plant has increased from 15% 12 years ago to more than 60% today.
These savings have been achieved by installing rainwater recovery basins on the roofs of our storage buildings. The recovered water is used in the cooling circuits of our furnaces.

 

Reducing packaging

By facilitating recycling operations or waste disposal, we take particular care in managing the peripheral elements of our production. Actions are therefore carried out at our production sites to better manage discharges, limit emissions of polluting substances, etc.

For the wrapping of bottle pallets, we have taken the following initiatives:

  • Increasing use of translucent wrapping made from recycled plastics (replacing transparent wrapping requiring virgin raw material).
  • Reduction in the weight of wrapping, which has enabled us to achieve a 15% gain in thickness on the double wrapping, resulting in almost 200 tons of polyethylene saved per year.
  • Partial switch to single wrapping (instead of 2 layers of wrapping), which represents a 40% gain in thickness, or 100 tons of polyethylene saved per year.

 

 

Energy savings

We are working to reduce our overall energy consumption.
Our furnaces are equipped with regenerators to recover energy from smoke. In addition, we have taken steps to reduce the electricity consumption associated with the production of compressed air. 
 

Reducing greenhouse
gas emissions

Saverglass is committed to improving the efficiency of its industrial facilities in order to minimize their impact on the environment.

In particular, the use of cullet (recycled glass) in our production process limits CO2 emissions. Every ton of cullet used thus avoids the direct emission of 250 to 300 kg of CO2 into the atmosphere. 

The installation of low NOx burners on all our furnaces has enabled us to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 40 to 50%.

The installation of electrostatic precipitators on each of our furnaces has considerably reduced the environmental impact of our atmospheric emissions: dust emissions have been reduced by almost 90%. The electrostatic precipitators also remove 75% of sulfur oxides and heavy metals.
 
The gradual switch to natural gas
as a replacement for propane gas has led to a sharp reduction in our CO2 emissions. The switch to natural gas for the glass and decorative annealing arches avoids releasing 2,000 tons of CO2.

Switching our furnaces to bi-energy has enabled us to make substantial savings in tons of CO2 emissions per year. 

Promoting eco-responsible solutions
and the circular economy

In an ongoing effort to reduce its environmental footprint, Saverglass is committed to integrating the principles of sustainable development into its product design and research and development activities.

Eco-designed packaging

Our catalog includes an "Eco-Design" segment consisting of Saverglass registered models. These models do not concede anything to the creativity of the glass shapes that is our trademark and are eco-designed by taking into account the environmental impacts of our bottles at each stage of their life cycle. This approach implies strong production constraints which generate optimizations in terms of weight or dimensions. 
 

15 % of our turnover is generated from "Eco-Design" models.
 

 

100% recyclable organic decoration

For more than 15 years, we have been applying a sustainable development approach to all the decoration and finishing techniques we use. In particular, Saverglass offers, through its main decoration processes, access to high-performance organic inks. These inks exclude the use of heavy metals such as lead, chromium, cadmium or mercury.

 

 

Moreover, organic inks do not require high firing temperatures, as is the case with traditional silkscreen printing, and they limit energy consumption while ensuring very precise registration and remarkable printing consistency.

73 % of our decorations are made using organic decoration