O-I and Dalkia heat homes in Reims, France

Reims, 28 July 2020

In Reims, in the neighbourhood of Saint Rémi, O-I and Dalkia, a company specialized in energy solutions, have joined forces to significantly reduce CO2 emissions. The heat produced by our O-I furnace is now recovered and used to heat the neighbourhood’s homes, through an ecological and sustainable district heating network. This project is an example of O-I’s sustainability and social responsibility strategy, as we are committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030.

“We are very pleased to participate in this project, which shows that concrete action can be taken for the environment. This is the kind of initiative that we want to support as a local economic player,” says Dallah Mekki, Director of the Reims plant, adding: “In 2019, O-I Glass invested more than 50 million Euros in the modernization of the Reims plant. With new high-tech equipment, a new global configuration and additional technical innovations, the plant has considerably increased its flexibility, production capacity and energy efficiency. It is in this dynamic to go further in addressing environmental challenges that we have taken part in the sustainable heating project with Dalkia.”

The heat recovery project has required the construction of a specific infrastructure. A heat recovery system was installed in our plant to recover the heat from the furnace, heating the network water to over 80°C. This system is connected to the ecological and sustainable collective heating network for the neighbourhood of Saint Rémi, which is 3.3 km long and provides thermic energy for 1,240 homes. As a sustainable and ecological development project, the network is supplied with 65% of the heat recovered from the furnaces at O-I Reims plant. This installation will thus make it possible to avoid the production of approximately 2630 tons of CO2 annually, the equivalent of 1220 vehicles.