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Bacardi cuts carbon footprint of glass bottle production

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🗞️ Driving the news: Bacardi, in collaboration with glassmaker Hrastnik1860, successfully completed the world's first commercial production of a glass spirits bottle using hydrogen fuel
• This trial, involving the production of ST-GERMAIN elderflower liqueur bottles, represents a significant advancement in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in glass manufacturing

🔭 The context: Traditional glass bottle production is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions
•  By using hydrogen as the primary energy source for the glass furnace, Bacardi and Hrastnik1860 have pioneered a more environmentally friendly production method without altering the bottle's appearance or quality

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The trial, which produced 150,000 bottles, demonstrated that hydrogen can replace over 60% of traditional fuel in glassmaking, resulting in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30%
•  This marks a crucial step towards more sustainable practices in the spirits industry

⏭️ What's next: Bacardi aims to use the insights from this trial to guide the industry towards hydrogen-fueled glass production
•  The company's goal is to establish a blueprint for other businesses to follow, emphasizing collective action for significant environmental impact reduction

💬 One quote: "It’s only through making change as an industry that we can bring significant change to our impact on the environment," stated Rodolfo Nervi, Bacardi's Vice President of Safety, Quality, and Sustainability

📈 One stat: Over 60% of the fuel used in the glass furnace during the trial was hydrogen, demonstrating the feasibility and effectiveness of this sustainable energy source in commercial production settings.

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