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The company’s Twentyby30 program outlines 20 measurable environmental, social, and governance goals to be completed by 2023 or sooner.

Clare Goldsberry

August 31, 2020

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Crown Holdings Inc. has debuted its Twentyby30 program that outlines 20 measurable environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals to be completed by 2023 or sooner. The program identifies five distinct pillars of action — Climate Action, Resource Efficiency, Optimum Circularity, Working Together, and Never Compromise — that represent topics of urgent global concern and areas of the business in which Crown can create a notable impact.

Through its subsidiaries, Crown Holdings is a global supplier of rigid packaging products to consumer market companies. The company based in Yardley, PA, also provides protective packaging products, equipment, and services to a range of end markets.

As part of the company’s pledge to advance its contribution to climate action, it has had its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as consistent with reductions required to keep warming to 1.5oC, the most ambitious goal of the Paris Agreements. All pillars are underpinned by the company’s well-established governance and ethics principles and practices, said Crown.

“Our spirit of innovation and commitment to operating efficiently and responsibly has guided our business since we were founded, and we are proud of the sustainability progress we have made to date,” said Timothy J. Donahue, President and CEO of Crown. “Yet, we must continue to raise the bar for our performance. It is our duty as a global manufacturer to serve as a steward to our environment, our communities, our customers, and our own workforce. The Twentyby30 program is a bold, comprehensive initiative that represents the next chapter of our sustainability journey,” said Donahue.

Some of the steps taken with regard to the Climate Action pillar include:

  • Reducing Scope 1 GHG emissions, targeting a 50% combined reduction in absolute Scope (fuel) and Scope 2 (electricity) emissions;

  • reducing Scope 2 GHG emissions, targeting a 50% combined reduction in absolute Scope 1 (fuel) and Scope 2 (electricity) emissions;

  • reducing absolute GHG emissions from Crown’s supply chain (Scope 3) by 16%;

  • sourcing 60% renewable electricity by 2030, 90% by 2040, and 100% by 2050;

  • reducing VOC emissions by 10% per unit of product.

Other goals include reducing water usage in Crown’s operations by 20% by 2025 (Resource Efficiency); sending zero waste from its operations to landfill and reducing packaging material use by making the company’s aluminum and steel cans 10% lighter in weight, as well as increasing the recycled content of the plastic strapping Crown makes by 10% globally (Optimum Circularity).

“In designing the Twentyby30 program, we are redefining our approach to sustainability and the role the packaging sector plays in bettering our environment,” said John Rost, PhD, Vice President, Global Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at Crown. “This plan anticipates where the industry is headed and demonstrates a commitment to proactive advancement. We look forward to seeing what we can achieve through this strategy and to collaborating with our partners to push the boundaries of what is possible,” said Rost.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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