In a volatile and uncertain world, organizations today need to constantly improve the social, environmental, and economic conditions in which it operates. These are the three pillars of sustainability, even if one pillar is weak then the system as a whole is unsustainable. At PGP Glass, we take responsibility for the environment around us by constantly cultivating our environmental footprint.
Over the years we have made a significant transformation in our processes to achieve our sustainability goals. As an ISO 14001 certified organization, we have constantly invested in the field of environmental preservation. Today, we not only meet our regulatory requirements but also make a significant contribution to the environment as a result of our ongoing initiatives.
A vital element in our environmental sustainability is to use raw material and energy responsibly. We have successfully reduced energy usage, cut carbon emissions, increased the amount of recycled glass, and created a safer and greener work environment. In our manufacturing process of glass packaging, we create value towards all the three important pillars of sustainability – i.e. economic, social, and environmental.
Believers in Glass
For our commitment to the society and the environment, we have tied up with the Social movement, Believers in Glass, which highlights the benefits of using glass and the health hazards pertaining to the usage of plastic.
Efficient Energy Consumption
Our furnaces are designed to create better efficiency and minimum emissions. As a preferred energy source, with very low level of Sulphur, Natural Gas (NG) is used in our furnaces for more than 90 percent of the time. All our furnaces are equipped to handle dual fuel systems. To make the furnaces more energy efficient, few of them are equipped with electric boosting along with NG. Glass recycling also helps us in saving energy as cullet melts at a lower temperature than raw materials. Thus, less energy is required for the melting process.
As part of our sustainability strategy, we have added a renewable power source in our consumption portfolio. We have successfully installed Solar Roof-top system of 2 MW at our India facilities and of 3 MW at our Sri Lanka facility. We have also successfully installed Wind-Power system of 8.4 MW in India. These systems are future ready and are gaining significant popularity as a viable means to reduce carbon emissions. Solar Energy generation is not only contributing to green power generation but also helping us in rationalizing the energy cost. In the near future, we are planning to install more such Solar Roof-top systems and also large-scale Solar-Farms.
Post-Consumer Recycled glass capability
As part of our commitment to increase the quality and quantity of glass to be recycled, we have developed the capability to support glass recycling of Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) glass. Majority of PCR waste doesn’t get re-melted back to glass and this creates problem both for the environment and for the local authorities. Hence, we designed a process and structure to collect PCR glass from end-consumers through dedicated collection bins placed at various strategic locations.
Recycling improves the environmental balance, both ecologically and economically
We have been recycling glass for more than three decades. Reusing used glass has vastly improved the environmental balance of our glass production. We have reduced our emissions and waste production because of recycling and other sustainable initiatives. We are maximizing the intake of cullet (crushed glass ready to be remelted) in our furnaces.
Our appeal to end Single-Use plastics
United Nation Environment Programme’s report on global assessment of marine litter and plastic pollution stated Plastics as the largest, most harmful and most persistent fraction of marine litter, accounting for at least 85 per cent of all marine waste. Amongst various grades of plastic, Single-use plastic products (SUPPs) is the greatest threat to animal health, marine life and environment. As responsible global citizens, it our duty to participate in eliminating, minimizing the usage or at least correct disposal of SUPPs.
To realize the urgency of why and how SUPP need to be eliminated , let us first understand what are SUPPs. Single-use plastics (also commonly referred as disposable plastics) is considered as the lowest grade of plastic that can not be further recycled. When such single use plastic is discarded in the oceans or landfills, it can take up to a thousand years to decompose. Most common single-use plastics harming the environment are plastic drinking bottles, plastic bottle caps, food wrappers, plastic grocery bags, plastic lids, straws and stirrers, plastic bags and foam take-away containers. These are the waste products of a throwaway culture and the best way to prevent pollution due to disposable plastic is to replace them with environment friendly alternative material that are either biodegradable or recycled. For instance, plastic straws can be recycled by stainless steel straws or wheat straws. Plastic lids, spoons, forks, caps, stirrer can be replaced with wooden, recyclable/high-grade plastic options and wherever possible plastic bottles can be replaced by glass bottles which is 100% recyclable. Bring down usage of single-use plastic bags by replacing it with reusable tote bag. Being self-aware of how each one of us is responsibly eliminating the usage of single-use plastic will help us save our oceans and animal life, thus paving way for a better future!