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.

At Coca‑Cola HBC Russia, we're always finding new ways of cutting back on the water and energy we use and of reducing waste.

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: 

Performance: water usage ratio in plants

(litre/litre of produced beverage)


Energy and climate change

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

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

We optimise the route to market, using much more efficient vehicles and, in some countries, rail transport to reduce CO2 emissions from our fleet.

Performance: energy usage ratio 

(mj/l of produced beverage)


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.

Performance: recycled waste (%)

Recycling plastic shreds

In partnership with the Plarus recycling plant  and Solnechnogorsk city administration Coca‑Cola HBC Russia is running a project called ‘Keep it going recycled’. This unique partnership between business, government and local communities, which started in 2011, promotes separate waste collection and recycling.

Collected PET is delivered to the Plarus plant in Solnechnogorsk where it is recycled using special bottle-to-bottle technology. All Coca‑Cola, Fanta, Sprite and BonAqua bottles contain 10 percent of rPET (the recycled PET). We are the only soft drinks producer in Russia doing this.

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.