Sustainability report published online by Ball

Ball Horticultural Company has produced a report highlighting the firm's worldwide efforts to ensure that its operations are sustainable.

Longevity, the company's second corporate sustainability report, features the work of Ball on sustainable buildings and the supply chain as well as social and environmental stewardship.

It features Bordon Hill Nursery in Stratford-upon-Avon that has been tracking energy consumption since 2005 and using the data to implement measures for reducing heating and electricity use.

The nursery has been able to achieve an overall reduction in energy costs of 7.6 per cent. It has also introduced a water-management system with "bio-beds" to purify chemical waste and reed beds in order to clean and handle run-off water from 22 acres of glass.

The report also includes details of new facilities designed to be sustainable, including the Las Limas farm in Nicaragua and the Ball Premier Lab in Chicago. The document is only available online and it includes web links and videos.

Ball Innovations general manager Bill Doeckel said: "Our latest sustainability report celebrates the efforts of Ball companies, its facilities, suppliers and customers.

"Through video, photography and vibrant storytelling, Longevity offers a snapshot of our accomplishments as well as our commitments to promote sustainable practices as we colour the world."

The report can be accessed at UK.aspx.

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