Ball used 4.48 million megawatt hours of energy in 2020, 3.7% more than in the previous year due to the growth in our businesses. Our Global Beverage Packaging business accounted for 89% of the total. We increased the energy efficiency in that business (measured per unit of production) by 5.4% since 2015. By using energy more efficiently, we reduce our operating costs and our carbon footprint.
2019-EE.jpgEvery Ball plant commits to annual energy goals supported by detailed action plans. Real-time energy information systems provide visibility into our operations at the equipment level so we can better understand, manage, report on and benchmark the performance of energy-consuming processes. All of Ball plants have formal energy management systems at year-end 2020.

To significantly and cost effectively reduce our energy consumption, we follow a global energy strategy that addresses energy supply and demand and requires the consideration of energy efficiency when making investment decisions. 


Opposing trends, such as increases in can sizes, shapes and labels, line or plant curtailments,_Energy-Bold.jpg and new line startups, often offset progress toward our energy efficiency goals. Our efficiency decreases as manufacturing line stoppages increase due to reduced demand or we experience a greater number of height, diameter or label changes. In particular, our beverage packaging business continues to experience a decline of standard can sizes, growth of our specialty can business and shorter production runs. To manage these challenges effectively, we invest in our businesses and expect additional energy performance gains in 2021 and beyond.
Renewable Energy

In 2019, we signed two landmark 15-year virtual power purchase agreements for 388 megawatts of new renewable energy in North America, generated by wind and solar power. As a result, we will be addressing 100% of our electricity load in North America with renewable energy by the end of 2021. Allowing Ball to effectively reduce our global Scope 2 GHG emissions by 50%; the equivalent of removing 180,000 passenger vehicles from the road annually.

With our science-based target goals in mind, we are also moving quickly to focus on other markets, and have increased our commitment to sourcing renewable energy in Europe. In 2020 we signed two long-term virtual power purchase agreements, one in Spain and one in Sweden, covering the electricity load of 10 beverage packaging plants.

These agreements will provide 93 megawatts of wind energy, addressing 63% of our European beverage electricity load (excluding Russia) by 2021 and enabling us to reduce Scope 2 GHG emissions in Europe by approximately 60%; equivalent to removing 47,000 passengers from the road annually.

In 2020, 21% of Ball’s total electricity load, 469,520 MWh, was renewable as a result of wind energy power purchase agreements in North America and the purchase and retirement of Guarantees of Origin in Europe.


Ball’s management team is committed to energy improvements and invested $7.8 million in energy-saving projects in 2020. These measures will generate estimated electricity savings of 34.2 million kilowatt hours and natural gas savings of approximately 23.1 million kilowatt hours per year, exceeding the annual energy consumption of over 5,000 average U.S. households. 


Partnerships with external energy experts provide tools, resources and technical assistance to enhance our efforts and allow us to learn from other organizations. For example, Ball joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Better Buildings, Better Plants” program in 2010 to learn about energy management best practices and benchmark our operations with those of other manufacturing companies.