Ball does not operate its own truck fleet. However, we work with carriers and customers to optimize logistics, reduce costs, fuel usage and emissions.



Through our participation in programs such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay program, Ball strives to reduce transportation-related emissions by creating incentives for our carriers to improve fuel efficiency. Ball's North American metal beverage packaging operations, which accounted for approximately 50 percent of our global units of production in 2013, became the first SmartWay Transport Partner within the packaging industry in 2009.

In 2012, SmartWay carriers executed 89 percent of Ball's North American transportation needs. Among other measures, Ball asks all major carriers to become a SmartWay partner. These combined efforts resulted in increased fuel efficiencies and a 12 percent reduction of carbon dioxide emissions per mile between 2010 and 2012.



Around the world, we also work with many of our customers to optimize logistics. One way to achieve that is by sending as many deliveries as possible directly to the customer, eliminating the use of and transport to warehouses.

Larger trucks are another way to increase transport efficiencies. For example:
  • In Bierne, France, we invested in new extra-large trucks that significantly increase the amount of cans per truckload. This decreases the number of transports to a nearby customer by more than 1,000 per year.
  • In Oss, Netherlands, we use extra-long trucks that carry 56 percent more cans than conventional trucks. This measure alone reduced fuel use by about 30 percent and cut the distance travelled by about 160,000 kilometers a year, saving approximately 150 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.