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.
Coca‑Cola HBC asks all its businesses to find new ways of cutting back on their use of water and energy and of reducing waste.
Demand on the amount of freshwater around us is increasing and climate change is impacting traditional rainfall patterns. As the world’s population grows, the demands being placed on freshwater are rising, rapidly.In Nigeria, access to clean and safe portable water is a widespread challenge, particularly in the arid Northern region of the country.
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, and an integrated approach to this critical resource.
Improving our water efficiency: we work hard to reduce the amount of water needed to produce our beverages.
Working in partnerships: to protect local watersheds and promote sustainable water management, we work in a growing number of partnerships.
Improving our water efficiency
In our bottling plants, we closely monitor our water sources, minimising the amount of water we withdraw. By incorporating water savings technologies on our production lines, we have managed to improve the efficiency with which we use water. For example by installing automatic water sprays, we drastically reduce the volume of water used in housekeeping at the plants.
Each bottling plant regularly conducts risk assessments. We study the quantity and quality of local water supplies, 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 therefore increasingly important to further improve water efficiency. We therefore invest in emerging technologies.
We ensure that all water returned to the natural environment is treated to a level that supports fish life. Our 13 bottling plants in Nigeria have on-site waste water treatment plants. Treated water released into the environment is suitable for use in agriculture as well as supporting plant and aquatic life.
Working in partnership
To address water-related issues, we work in a growing number of partnerships.
At an international level, Coca‑Cola Hellenic Group 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, Coca‑Cola Hellenic Group is also working with the Water Footprint Network.
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.
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.
We help set up recycling infrastructure and encourage consumers to recycle their beverage packaging establishing a post-consumer PET Recycling Project
To date, Nigerian Bottling Company has helped set up systems in 19 countries, co-owning 17 recycling and recovery organisations.
Reducing production waste
In addition to minimising waste from our beverage containers in the marketplace, we are increasing recycling and minimising waste in our own bottling plants.