Updated on 19 June 2012
• Increase deployment of Narrow Neck Press and Blow (NNPB) technology from current 60 percent to 80 percent by 2015 aiming at reducing glass weight from current 5 percent to 20 percent within the said timeframe. This technology will enable production lines can run at a much faster pace because there is less glass per container and less energy needed for cooling.
• It also has a firm plan to increase cullet recycling from current all India average of 35 to 50 percent within the next three years. Recycling glass containers provides for unmatched production efficiencies and significant environmental benefits: decreases the amount of raw materials used, lessens the demand for energy, cuts CO2 emissions, extends furnace life without any processing by-products and saves on overall manufacturing costs.
• The study also suggests that there is an enormous opportunity lying in converting the fuel type in container glass furnaces from furnace oil to natural gas. Natural helps to improve furnace performance, reduces repair and maintenance, besides it is a clean fuel. The industry aims to increase natural gas based operations from present 30 to 50 percent within the same time frame of three years.
Mr Mukul Somany, president, AIGMF, said, "Glass manufactures have come together through this life cycle study to magnify the green potential of glass. In European countries per capita consumption of glass is as high as 64 kg compared to India's 1.4 kg. It is a preferred medium because of its 100 percent naturalness and non-reactionary nature to the content. In India with the growing environmental and human toxicity concerns we have come together to enhance the latent goodness so that user industries can chose sustainable and responsible packaging."