THE LIFECYCLE OF THE CAN

THE END OF A CAN. A NEW BEGINNING!
Red Bull provides energy. And so does the empty can! All cans collected are fully recyclable, without quality decrease.
Recycling a can takes 95% less energy than producing a new one.
And reduces the carbon footprint significantly.
TRAVELLING LIGHT
A Red Bull can is light and easy to carry. Today, it weighs 60% less than only a decade ago.
And it’s 100% recyclable, saving a lot of energy and resources.
And it’s 100% recyclable, saving a lot of energy and resources.
TRAVELLING LESS
The Red Bull energy drink is produced wall-to-wall. Cans are made in one building, and filled next door.
By using only conveyer belts for transportation, Red Bull saves the equivalent emissions of over 10,000 truck journeys of 700 kilometres each.
That's more than 7 million kilometres per year.
ON TRACK
Red Bull energy drinks travel to their destination predominantly by train and ship.
The small, lightweight cans take up 30% less space compared to PET bottles...
...and even 40% less than glass bottles.
SAVING ENERGY
A can of Red Bull tastes best when cold. That's why we developed our environmentally friendly ECO coolers.
For example, six Red Bull ECO can coolers use only as much energy as one single 100 watt light bulb – saving valuable resources.
RED BULL… EFFICIENT
and effective!
Red Bull gives you Wiiings!

The environmental impact of the can

Red Bull established its business 24 years ago, in Austria. Nowadays, Red Bull Energy Drink is available in more than 160 countries and sold more than 4 billion times a year. That means a lot of aluminium cans are used to deliver the product in top quality to places all over the globe. Naturally, Red Bull’s production and distribution has an environmental impact. Red Bull is very aware of its environmental responsibility, and is constantly striving for improvement in this area, with the aim to keep environmental impact at an absolute minimum.

The smaller the carbon footprint, the better

Every step in the Red Bull can’s lifecycle has a carbon footprint. All emissions resulting from production of the can and beverage, and their transport and cooling, are tallied up. The resulting value is what’s commonly known as the carbon footprint. Red Bull is working hard to shrink its carbon footprint, now and in the future, via a series of energy and resource-saving measures.

Less energy and fewer raw materials

Wall-to-wall production is just one of the ways in which Red Bull reduces its environmental impact. This kind of production dramatically shortens transport distances, resulting in lower CO2 emissions, in addition to other benefits. Increasing the can recycling rate not only cuts down on Red Bull’s usage of precious virgin raw materials, but saves on the energy needed to process these. Reduction of the can’s weight has also made a difference: the less aluminium goes into cans in the first place, the smaller the carbon footprint.

Using the latest technological advances to lessen environmental impact

Whether through increasing implementation of wall-to-wall production or optimising of its supply chain, Red Bull sets itself ambitious targets to further minimise its environmental impact and energy use. For example, the share of cans being transported by rail and sea is steadily increasing, with an aim to replacing road transport, whenever possible. What’s more, the use of ecologically efficient refrigerators and cooling agents is a significant means to cut down on greenhouse gases. 240,000 ECO coolers are already in use by Red Bull and all coolers purchased in the future will be ECO coolers, except in the few, rare cases where this is not yet possible, due to 3rd party limitations beyond our control.