Minimising our environmental impact across the whole value chain is a core target for Coca‑Cola HBC and Coca‑Cola HBC Cyprus. We’ve been setting annual improvement targets since 2004 and are working towards ambitious 2020 goals.
We identify our environmental impacts
Via systematic Impact Assessments, dialogue with all interested parties and regular auditing, we identify the most important environmental impacts of our activities, so as to focus our efforts on the areas where we have the greatest impact and can therefore make the most significant contribution.
These areas are:
- Water stewardship
- Energy and climate protection
- Packaging and recycling
We set performance targets for each of these areas and report our progress in the Group CSR report and in our own annual Corporate Responsibility Report. Our bottling plants are also regularly audited against the environmental standards of The Coca‑Cola Company.
As well as reducing our own impacts, we work with others to address broader sustainability issues. We work with government agencies, NGOs and other organisations to support environmental conservation and education. In particular, we focus on protecting local watersheds and promoting recycling.
We function in a systematic way
We have certified our environmental management system, according to the ISO14001 standard, while we also follow the more advanced respective model of The Coca‑Cola Company. This Environmental Management System called ECOsystem is applied in all countries Coca‑Cola HBC operates and aims at managing and defining measurable efficiency targets for environmental issues. ECOsystem also confirms that the principle of sustainable development is incorporated in each area and in the daily activity of our company.
Our ability to grow is directly related to the availability and quality of local water resources. As a result, we place a major focus on our water stewardship efforts by:
- Working in partnership with the international organisation Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med) to promote sustainable water management
- Improving our water efficiency: we work hard to reduce the amount of water needed to produce our beverages
Improving our water efficiency
We regularly study the quantity and quality of local water supplies at all of our bottling plants, as well as environmental, regulatory and other concerns. Based on these assessments, we develop action plans to mitigate risks.
Although we have significantly improved our efficiency, we cannot reduce the amount of water in our beverages. As we produce greater volume of beverages, we will use more water. It is increasingly important to further improve water efficiency and we continuously invest in emerging technologies.
We ensure that all water returned to the natural environment is treated to a level that supports fish life. Our bottling plants have on-site wastewater treatment plants, or use the municipal water treatment resources. Treated water released into the environment is suitable for use in agriculture as well as for supporting plant and aquatic life.
Furthermore, our plant in Kykkos has received a GOLD EWS (European Water Stewardship) certification.
European Water Stewardship Certification
Water stewardship is a key priority for the Coca‑Cola system. Water is at the heart of our business. We understand its value, respect it as one of the most precious of shared global resources and work vigorously to conserve it through all our operations.
The European Water Stewardship (EWS) is a voluntary integrated system for businesses to assess, verify and communicate their best practices for sustainable water management. The EWS certification serves for justifying the good practice of water management. Our NaturAqua mineral water bottling plant in Zalaszentgrót achieved Gold EWS certification in November 2014.
Working in partnership
At an international level, Coca‑Cola HBC is a founding signatory of the CEO Water Mandate of the UN Global Compact . This initiative aims to address water sustainability issues in operations, supply chains and communities; and to work with government and NGOs to shape public policy. To better understand water use in our supply chain, we also work with the Water Footprint Network.
Energy and climate change
We aim to take a leadership position, adapting our business to the demands and opportunities of a low-carbon economy. As a result, we are accelerating our efforts in those business areas that require more energy: our bottling plants, fleet and cold drink equipment.
We implement energy-saving programmes across our plants, to reduce CO2 emissions for each litre of beverage. Although our bottling operations use more energy than our offices and other facilities, we are taking steps to reduce CO2 emissions there too.
- Installing high-efficiency LED light bulbs, improving power quality and reducing reactive and harmonics current in the network
Safe and eco-driving
Changing driver behaviour can make a major contribution to reducing CO2 emissions. Through our Safe and Eco-Driving programme, we are teaching drivers of our fleet such techniques as driving at optimum speed and early gear changes, with the potential for further significant CO2 emissions reduction across our business. Furthermore, we are changing our fleet to diesel cars to achieve further reductions in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.
Energy-efficient cold drink equipment
We aim to provide our consumers with chilled soft drinks for their refreshment, available from restaurants, shops and other points of sale. Placing coolers and other cold drink equipment on customer premises is an important part of our business strategy.
Although we do not operate this equipment, we still have a responsibility to reduce its carbon footprint. We therefore work with our suppliers to improve energy efficiency. By developing new cooler models, as well as energy management devices, we now buy coolers which are up to 50 percent more energy efficient. We also train our employees to ensure that coolers in the marketplace operate as efficiently as possible.
In addition, as a Group, we are working to eliminate hydro fluorocarbons (HFCs), the greenhouse gases widely used in commercial and domestic refrigeration. We no longer use HFCs in insulation foam and are trialling alternative refrigerant gases. Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) have been almost completely phased out from our equipment through a capture and recovery programme in the marketplace.
We reduce our impact during product distribution.
Our products are distributed to points of sale across Cyprus. The distribution of products is conducted according to solid specifications, which include:
- Submitting product fleet vehicles to all required periodic controls at Technical Control Centres for Vehicles
- Handling all special waste resulting from fleet vehicles’ maintenance through licensed institutions for further control and recycling
- Re-examining truck itineraries annually in order to select and follow the most suitable to reduce both cost and exhaust emissions
Working in partnership
At an international level, Coca‑Cola HBC is a signatory member of the UN Global Compact Caring for Climate programme, the largest global business coalition on climate.
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.
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