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Amcor and Aludium bring a low-carbon aluminium product to market with more than 50% reduction in its carbon footprint compared to European average

      Collaboration between Amcor Capsules and Aludium is set to accelerate the use of low-carbon aluminium used in wine & spirits screwcaps

      ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, 27 June 2023: Amcor Capsules, a global leader in developing and producing responsible closures for wine & spirits, in collaboration with Aludium, one of Europe’s leading aluminium suppliers, have collaborated to bring an aluminium product to market with more than 50% reduction in carbon footprint compared to the average carbon footprint for primary aluminium [1] sold in Europe [2]. When compared to primary aluminium produced in China, it represents an average carbon footprint reduction of more than 80% [3].

      Together, Amcor Capsules and Aludium have produced a leading, certified and independently verified low-carbon aluminium product for use in screwcaps. The new technology produces less than 4 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per tonne of aluminium, from raw material extraction right up until delivery [4]. This saving is made possible thanks to the combined use of recycled content and the careful selection of low-carbon primary aluminium.

      “We are passionate about bringing more sustainable products to market,” explains Bertrand Daru, Sustainability Director of Amcor Capsules. “We are already leading the market with 96% of our products being recycle-ready. But we want to go further and reduce the levels of CO2 emitted during manufacturing. Our aluminium screw caps now offer a more sustainable alternative for wine and spirits brands and distributors.”

      Michael Brandner, Specialities Sales Director at Aludium says, “As a pioneer in offering certified low-carbon aluminium alloys to the market, Aludium is delighted to work with Amcor to continue to push for greater sustainability in packaging solutions. Thanks to heavy investments in Aludium assets, technology and processes, we are helping customers and end users achieve their carbon reduction targets.”

      The GHG emissions produced by this improved generation of aluminium are verified by a third party and certified according to ISO-14067-1:2018 and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Standards. This certification process has been rigorously carried out between Amcor Capsules and Aludium to offer total transparency of the aluminium carbon footprint.

      Amcor Capsules’ collaboration with Aludium supports its promise to reduce its carbon footprint by 18% from 2019 to 2025 and will contribute towards achieving science-based targets, which commits the company to reach net zero emissions by 2050 [5].

      Learn more about Amcor Capsules’ sustainability activities here.

      Notes to editors

      [1] Primary aluminium is produced from alumina, typically by electrolysis, and with an aluminium content of 99,7%. Primary aluminium excludes alloying additives and recycled aluminium possibly include a small amount of runaround scrap. (Source:  Global Advisory Group GAG – Guidance “Terms and Definitions” – 2011-01 and The International Aluminium Institute (IAI)).

      [2] Primary aluminium used in Europe: 8.6 tonnes CO2eq/tonnes alu (source: International aluminium).

      [3] China primary aluminium: 20 tonnes CO2 eq/tonnes alu, (source: The International Aluminium Institute).  

      [4] The new technology also known as Aludium Eco Brand 4.0, is cradle-to-gate including Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions meaning that 4 tonnes of CO2 is produced per tonne of semi-finished aluminium.


      About Amcor Capsules
      Amcor Capsules is a market leader specializing in the design and manufacture of capsules and closures for wine, sparkling wine, and spirits. Amcor Capsules has plants in France, Canada, USA, and Chile.

      About Amcor
      Amcor is a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging solutions for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home and personal-care, and other products.  Amcor works with leading companies around the world to protect their products and the people who rely on them, differentiate brands, and improve supply chains through a range of flexible and rigid packaging, specialty cartons, closures, and services. The company is focused on making packaging that is increasingly lighter weight, recyclable and reusable, and made using an increasing amount of recycled content. In fiscal year 2022, 44,000 Amcor people generated $15 billion in annual sales from operations that span 220 locations in 43 countries.  NYSE: AMCR; ASX: AMC  I  LinkedIn  I  Facebook  I  YouTube

      About Aludium
      With more than 60 years’ experience, ALUDIUM is a leader in the field of manufacturing flat-rolled aluminium products. The company, which has 1,000 employees, employs a specialised production process to create high quality aluminium sheets and coils. ALUDIUM’s products are distributed to clients worldwide, in architecture, energy, insulation, equipment, packaging and transport sectors. Through its world leading Cindal R&D center, ALUDIUM excels in developing innovative processes and products. Quality, Service, Partnership and Sustainability Strategic Plan are the core of ALUDIUM.