Environment overview

Minimising our environmental impact across the whole value chain is a core target for us. We’ve been setting annual improvement targets since 2004 and are working towards ambitious 2020 goals.

We ask all our businesses to find new ways of cutting back on their use of water and energy and of reducing waste. Read more about our commitments

Water use ratio in plants

(litre / litre of produced beverage)

-30% vs 2010

 

2.3
2.2
2.11
2.00
1.92
1.61

Operational water footprint 

(billion litres)

-75% vs 2004

51.7
19.6
18.4
18.4
18.2
12.9

Energy use ratio in plants

(MJ / litre of produced beverage)

-47% vs 2010

0.57
0.50
0.47
0.44
0.43
0.3

CO2 ratio (scopes 1 and 2)

(gCO2 / litre of produced beverage)

-50% vs 2010

78.3
64
62.6
53.7
50
39.1

Scope 2 number in 2015 is calculated using the market-based approach. All previous years have been used as a proxy since a true market-based result cannot be calculated.

CO2 ratio (scopes 1, 2 and 3)

(gCO2 / litre of produced beverage)

-25% vs 2010

441
401
378
353
339
331

Scope 2 number in 2015 is calculated using the market-based approach. All previous years have been used as a proxy since a true market-based result cannot be calculated.

Landfill waste ratio

(g / litre of produced beverage)

-90% vs 2004

5
0.92
0.76
0.76
0.72
0.5
Coca-Cola HBC waste water treatment plant
Waste water treatment plant

Water stewardship

Water stewardship is a key priority for the Coca‑Cola system. Water is at the heart of our business. We understand its priceless value, respect it as one of the most precious of shared global resources and work vigorously to conserve it through all our operations.

 

We have developed a water strategy based on three fundamental principles:

  • The water we use: protect the water resources supplying our facilities, reduce the amount of water we use to produce our soft drinks and treat waste water to levels that support aquatic life
  • Partner with suppliers to minimise our water footprint across the entire value chain
  • Invest in community water conservation projects to replenish the water we use through innovative sustainable technologies

 

 

Water bottle filling line
A new lighter bottle, with 24 percent less plastic (PET), contributes to the reduction of gas emissions

Energy and climate change

To address the urgent threat of climate change, we have adopted an aggressive carbon reduction strategy.

We are improving our energy efficiency, switching to cleaner energy sources and developing low-carbon technologies. Through innovation and investment, we aim to turn climate risks into new opportunities for sustainable business development.

We have adopted the international environmental management system standard ISO 14001 in the majority of our plants. These are also audited against The Coca‑Cola Quality System standards on an annual basis.

 

Our extensive development of advanced cold drink equipment (CDE) and combined heat and power (CHP) units - including at Ploesti, Romania and Benin, Nigeria - along with the extensive installation of solar panels in Italy and the heat pump at our mineral water bottling plant in Zala, Hungary are key to achieving our sustainability goals.

We optimise the route to market, using much more efficient vehicles and, in some countries, rail transport to reduce emissions from our fleet.

Our goal is a 25 percent carbon reduction in the whole value chain and 50 percent carbon reduction from our direct operations by 2020 compared with 2010.

Crushed PET bottles for recycling
Bottles ready for recycling at PET plant

Packaging and recycling

We aim to minimise the environmental impacts of our packaging at every stage of its lifecycle. We do this by following our 3Rs principle: Reduce, Recovery, Reuse.

We increase our use of recycled or renewable content and implement light-weighting techniques. Collection, recovery and recycling are also key focus areas for reducing our environmental impact.

Sustainable agriculture

Due to population growth, climate change and growing food security issues, supplies may become harder to secure. Therefore it’s part of our preventive sustainability strategy to enhance supportive programmes towards sustainable agriculture.

Building on our responsible sourcing guidelines for our main agricultural raw materials, we have reviewed the various external standards for social and environmental performance towards which our suppliers are working.

Within our strategic sustainability framework, we also collaborate with our suppliers in order to build a sustainable supply chain as this is where the bulk of our environmental and socio-economic impacts lie. All our suppliers are required to comply with the Coca‑Cola Supplier Guiding Principles, which encompass workers’ rights, human rights, health & safety and the environment.

  • 0 waste sent to landfill from our plants in Edelstal (Austria), Knockmore Hill (Northern Ireland) and Vals and Dietlikon (Switzerland) in 2015
  • 13 of our plants hold Gold certification from the European Water Stewardship programme
CDP banner promoting Climate A list status

Coca‑Cola HBC makes CDP’s Global Climate 'A' list

CDP is the only global disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts and for investors or purchasers to access environmental information for use in financial decisions. Its Climate A List comprises those companies from around the world that have been identified as leading in their efforts and actions to combat climate change in the past year.

Read more about this accolade