Following a £7m investment in packaging equipment at Wellpark Brewery, C&C Group is on its way to eradicating single use plastic from its Tennent’s brand consumer packaging.
First announced in October 2019 as part of a series of Because Life is Bigger than Beer initiatives, the investment will remove 150 tonnes of plastic from Tennent’s Lager can packs by 2022, including more than 100m plastic rings.
Work at the Glasgow-based Wellpark Brewery has commenced and is expected to be completed in spring 2021, when the brewer will be able to produce up to 120,000 cans per hour, packaged in fully recyclable cardboard.
Commenting on the initiative, Martin Doogan, Group Engineering Manager at C&C Group plc, Tennent’s parent company, said: “Sustainability is at the core of our business and we will always look for ways to innovate and minimise our impact on the environment to play our part in tackling the climate crisis. This announcement is the latest step as we work towards our 2022 goal of eliminating single use plastic from our consumer packaging and our ongoing commitment to environmental best practice in everything we do.
“As part of our commitments around plastics, we continue to be the only brewer who is a member of the UK Plastics Pact, which guides our initiatives and sets stringent additional targets on plastic packaging, waste and recyclates.
“Together with our new carbon recapture facility and the anaerobic digestion plant, we are well on our way to achieving our pledge to make Wellpark net carbon zero.”