Encirc move towards hydrogen melting
Adrian Curry, Managing Director at Encirc has announced the company’s commitment to decarbonising using hydrogen in the furnaces at the Elton factory to create billions of ultra-low-carbon glass bottles.
This will enable the further expansion at the site and the creation of at least 200 jobs while futureproofing existing roles.
The move to decarbonise by 2025 will use hydrogen supplied from the proposed HyNet North West hydrogen and carbon capture and storage project in its furnaces.
Adrian Curry, managing director at Encirc, which is part of the Vidrala group, said: “It is vital that glass packaging decarbonises to meet our zero-emission future.
"Glass already has so many incredible environmental and health benefits over other materials, but the carbon intensity of our furnaces is a key challenge we need to address. We are delighted to be leading the charge, creating the world’s most sustainable glass bottles.”
Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, visiting the Cheshire-based manufacturer and bottler said: “I’m delighted Encirc has announced its ambition to create the first ultra-low carbon glass by 2025 as part of the HyNet North West project. It is a sign our Plan for Jobs is working and will create not only over 200 jobs on the ground in Chester but a skills base fit for the future. Working together with Government and ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, I’m delighted to see British industries are building back greener, meaning firms can play their part in creating jobs and meeting our ambitious climate commitments.”
Image: Encirc make the move to hydrogen (left to right) Adrian Curry, Encirc; Dave Dalton, British Glass; Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP; Richard Katz, Glass Futures