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Greening glass packaging with biomethane

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

The German biomethane producer “Bmp greengas” and the glass packaging manufacturer “Wiegand-Glas” have been in collaboration for the production of green glass packaging.

The collaboration has begun since February, following a request from soulproducts, one of Wiegand-Glas’ clients, to produce glass drinking bottles exclusively with green gas. Since then, biomethane from Bmp greengas has been delivered to Wiegand-Glas for the production of soulbottles, the sustainable, plastic-free and stylish drinking bottles from soulproducts. 

“In addition to recycled glass, we now also use biomethane in the production process for all soulbottles. By doing so, we have significantly reduced the carbon footprint of the end product even more.”, and  “Its wish to switch production to biomethane was the reason for us to revise our Eco2Bottle concept again and to offer a thoroughly green and regional bottle production,” said Lukas Neubauer, head of controlling and corporate development at Wiegand-Glas.

In 2020, Wiegand-Glas has introduced the ‘Eco2Bottle’ concept, an initiative to promote more environmentally friendly packaging solutions. The Eco2Bottle includes a package of measures with an additional compensation programme for wine bottles. The initiative has currently expanded to cover the production of green bottles from biomethane for soulproducts.

According to Wiegand-Glas, biomethane from Bmp is produced from municipal waste, and this represents a ‘perfect example’ of a functioning recycling economy, and since the green gas is produced domestically, it contributes to a low-CO2 value chain from production to transport, said the company.

“The town of Glashutten and Wiegand-Glas are subject to the legally required CO2 tax under the Federal Act on Stock Exchanges and Securities Trading and the European Emissions Trading System. The conversion of individual production lines from fossil raw materials to biomethane partially exempts them from the mentioned CO2 taxes and makes a significant contribution to protecting the climate.”

“The actions of Wiegand-Glas and soulproducts show that economic efficiency and environmental protection do not have to be a contradiction,” said Regina Hafner, responsible for industrial customers at bmp greengas.

Greenfact comments

The use of biomethane in the industrial sectors has become increasingly popular, especially in the energy-intensive and hard-to-abate industries. In Germany, the demand for biomethane from industrial clients comes from industries such as the manufactures of personal care products, hygiene products, cosmetics, and chemical products.

Source: Bioenergy Insight

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