Protecting our space

The world is in awe of the first images released by NASA from the $10bn James Webb Space Telescope. There’s nothing more humbling than visual proof of the sheer expanse of the universe, and we also have Ball’s Aerospace division to thank for the advanced optical technology and mirror system that made the telescope images possible.

However, while images like the one featured above – which shows the edge of the giant, gaseous cavity within NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula – can remind us of how small we really are in the grand scheme of things, it does help us think back to our tiny planet and the shared responsibility for its longevity.

A couple of sustainability stories we’ve covered this past week show the commendable work being done by those in the steel sector to reduce emissions. Steel accounts for 8 to 11 per cent of global CO2 emissions, so there’s no doubting the importance of decarbonisation in its production. thyssenkrupp Steel and bp are focusing their attention on long-term supply of low carbon hydrogen and renewable power; and Tata Steel Nederland has just announced the launch of a new steel with an allocated carbon footprint reduction of up to 100%.

Nevertheless, one thing that we could still see an increase in globally, even with greenhouse gas reductions [1], is wildfires, but again, our related sectors seem ready to step in and offer sustainable solutions in any way possible. For example, brewing and beverage giant Anheuser-Busch – which is looking to reduce CO2 emissions by 25% across its value chain by 2025 – has just announced its fourth consecutive partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to donate 1.5 million cans of emergency drinking to volunteer fire departments across the US to help them hydrate while combating the 2022 wildfire season.

Looking after our planet is a collective effort and large corporations should continue to pave the way, not only for setting industry sustainability standards, but also for educating consumers about the value and recyclability of metal packaging and its role in protecting the planet. After all, I think we all want to stick around here to see what else NASA shares with us in future years.

On a final note, while Bell has no intergalactic plans just yet, we are looking forward to travelling to Bangkok in October for Asia CanTech 2022. We now have just one speaker slot left for our agenda, so please get in touch with us via [email protected] if you’d like the chance to share a presentation at the event. Visitor registration and can maker attendance is still open, along with valuable tabletop opportunities to showcase your company and grow business connections. Tabletop exhibitors so far include Suzhou SLAC Precision Equipment, Stolle, Sun Chemical, Belvac and Sencon to name but a few.

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