Climate Protection
  • Our Position

    1. We believe climate change is a profound challenge that will require concerted action by government, business and civil society. Climate change may impact both our direct business and supply chain. We have a role to play in working to use the best possible mix of energy sources, while improving the energy efficiency of our manufacturing and distribution processes.

    Our Goals

    1. We are improving the environmental performance of our refrigeration equipment in three major ways:

      1. We have improved our cooling equipment energy efficiency by 40 percent compared to 2000 levels.

      2. We have eliminated 75 percent of direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by transitioning to HFC-free insulation foam for new equipment.

      3. We are using natural refrigerant fluids to replace HFC refrigerants and are phasing out the use of HFCs in all new cold-drink equipment by the end of 2015.

    2. We are committed to growing the business without growing the carbon in our manufacturing operations. In our bottling plants, we are working to stabilize emissions system-wide, while also achieving a five percent absolute emissions reduction in developed countries by 2015 (based on 2004 baselines).

    3. With our fleet, we are working to incorporate more fuel-efficient modes of product delivery.

    4. In July 2013, we announced a new 2020 goal to reduce CO2 emissions embedded in ‘the drink in your hand’ by 25 percent. Coca-Cola will work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across our entire value chain, making comprehensive carbon footprint reductions across our manufacturing processes, packaging formats, delivery fleet, refrigeration equipment and ingredient sourcing.

    Our Progress

    1. In 2012, our system purchased approximately 245,000 units (~21%) of HFC-free equipment, bringing our global total to over 800,000.

    1. We currently have nearly 5.5 million intelligent energy management devices in use on our refrigeration equipment, reducing customer electricity consumption – saving them an estimated $440 million annually – and delivering emissions reductions of approximately 3.1 million metric tons per year.

    2. We have invested more than US $100 million over the past decade in research and development and commercialization efforts to advance the use of climate-friendly, HFC-free cooling technologies.

    3. We have improved the energy efficiency of our global manufacturing operations by 18 percent since 2004. These efforts have saved our system more than $1 billion since 2004. In 2012, GHG emissions from our manufacturing operations in developed countries were down eight percent compared to 2004. In 2012, our system-wide manufacturing operations emitted 1.2 million fewer metric tons of GHG compared to “business as usual” forecasts for the year.

    4. In South Africa Valpre is bottled at the state of the art facility in Heidelberg which was built with sustainability in mind. The administration block at the plant has been awarded a GOLD Leadership in Energy Efficient Design ( LEED) while the plant itself won a SILVER LEED ward. From solar panels through to the radical water system the Heidelberg plant is designed to ensure minimal impact to the surrounding environment. The plant was also a winner at the recent Eco-Logic awards in September 2013.

    5. We have engaged consumers to raise awareness about climate change through our involvement with initiatives such as the Arctic Home® campaign. Arctic Home supports polar bear habitat conservation. The campaign, launched in 2011 with WWF to support polar bear habitat conservation, has donated more than $2 million to WWF to date. In 2012-2013, the US, Canada and 16 new markets in Europe activated Arctic Home.

    6. We operate the largest heavy-duty hybrid electric delivery fleet in North America. CCR has more than 750 hybrid electric delivery trucks on the road, which reduce fuel and emissions by approximately 30 percent. CCR also has more than 800 light-duty hybrid vehicles for sales representatives.

Sustainable Agriculture

Our business depends on a healthy agricultural supply chain

because agricultural products are ingredients in just about all of our beverages and an increasing array of our packaging. While we do not have direct control over agricultural practices…

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