Glass bottle manufacturer and filler Encric has confirmed its firm commitment to decarbonisation by utilising hydrogen.
Through the proposed HyNet North West project, Encirc’s Elton facility will receive a supply of hydrogen that will be used in its furnaces to create billions of ultra-low-carbon glass bottles.
This decarbonisation effort has been supported by HyNet, an innovative hydrogen and carbon capture and storage project that could unlock a low carbon economy for the North West of the UK.
Encirc’s commitment to hydrogen follows this year’s successful fuel-switching initiative at its County Fermanagh plant in Northern Ireland where, alongside industry body Glass Futures, where it used bio-fuel in one of its furnaces and 100% recycled glass, reducing the carbon footprint of its bottles by up to 90% as a result.
The campaign has been considered a success and has resulted in Encirc running regular fuel-switching at the plant.
Adrian Curry, Managing Director at Encirc, said, “It is vital that glass packaging decarbonises to meet our zero-emission future. Glass already has so many incredible environmental and health benefits over other materials, but the carbon intensity of our furnaces is a key challenge we need to address.
“We are delighted to be leading the charge, creating the world’s most sustainable glass bottles.”
Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, the UK Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, visited the Cheshire-based glass manufacturer to learn more about Encirc’s hydrogen operations and the potential for similar businesses if connected to hydrogen.
Trevelyan said, “I’m delighted Encirc has announced its ambition to create the first ultra-low carbon glass by 2025 as part of the HyNet North West project.
“It is a sign our Plan for Jobs is working and will create not only over 200 jobs on the ground in Chester but a skills base fit for the future.
“Working together with Government and ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, I’m delighted to see British industries are building back greener, meaning firms can play their part in creating jobs and meeting our ambitious climate commitments.”
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