Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (“Coca‑Cola Hellenic”, the “Company”) shared its industry-leading CO2 reduction success with business, government and academic delegates from across Europe, at the CSR Europe, Enterprise 2020 Marketplace event in Brussels last week.
Coca‑Cola Hellenic – the only non alcoholic beverage company participating at the annual conference of the leading European business network for corporate social responsibility – was selected because it is already beating European targets for industry emissions reduction with its sustainable CO2 reduction strategies.
Coca‑Cola Hellenic outlined how emission control has been embedded across all parts of its operations in 28 countries, resulting in a 31 per cent improvement in energy efficiency since 2002. The Company also detailed how it will achieve a further 25 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions from its production plants by 2015.
This planned reduction in CO2 emissions will be achieved using new Quad Generation Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology. Pioneered specifically by Coca‑Cola Hellenic with its energy partner ContourGlobal, the energy-efficient process produces electricity, steam, CO2 and chilled water, all of which can be used safely and efficiently in the bottling process.
Ulrike Gehmacher, Group Public Affairs & Communications Manager at Coca‑Cola Hellenic explained: “We are delighted to be sharing our CO2 reduction journey and hope we can encourage other organizations to do the same. The single biggest reduction in our direct emissions is delivered through our on-site CHP plants and new Quad-Generation technology. We have committed to 20 CHP systems at a cost of around 200m Euros. When all are operational they will cut direct CO2 emissions from our production by more than 250,000 tonnes annually. That’s a reduction of more than 25 per cent from today’s emissions and is well ahead of the target set for industry by the European Union.”
Another of Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s largest CO2 reduction programmes highlighted at the conference demonstrated how it is working with partners to develop new, more energy-efficient coolers for its products. The latest cooler models used eliminate climate warming HFCs altogether and use ‘Intelligent Energy Management’ devices which cut energy use by up to two-thirds.
Mrs. Gehmacher added: “We are also improving older refrigeration models in the marketplace by retrofitting energy-saving devices and advising customers on how to save energy. All these measures will avoid more than 500,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year by 2020.”
In addition to its refrigeration and power generation projects, Coca‑Cola Hellenic outlined other approaches it uses to help reduce its climate change impacts across Europe. These include using solar (photovoltaic) panels on the bottling plant roofs; optimising transportation methods; training staff in eco-driving techniques and purchasing energy-efficient vehicles; making Head Office air travel carbon neutral; and introducing ‘Green IT’ technology and practices.
Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s commitment to CSR has resulted in the Company being listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the World and for Europe, and also in being declared an Official Partner of the European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign for its ‘innovative Quad-Generation power systems in the beverage industry’.
About the Enterprise 2020 Marketplace event
The CSR Europe event, called Enterprise 2020 Marketplace, was aimed at sharing ideas in order to create a “smart, sustainable and inclusive society”. Keynote speakers included Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, Viscount Etienne Davignon, President of CSR Europe, former Vice President of the EU Commission and President of the International Energy Agency and Harry von Dorenmalen, Chairman of IBM Europe.