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8th February 2016

Local Coca-Cola Bottling Company Sustainable future “in the can” as it signs Prosperity Agreement: Durkan

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today signed a significant environmental agreement with Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (Coca-Cola HBC) Ireland and Northern Ireland.

In this Prosperity Agreement with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), Coca-Cola HBC commits to reduce their carbon emissions by up to 15% by 2019.

As part of their commitment to reducing the impact of their business on the environment, Coca-Cola HBC will implement a number of sustainability initiatives, including light weighting bottles, installing LED lighting, integrating energy saving mode to existing machinery and investigating the potential use of harvesting rain water.

Over the next three years Coca-Cola HBC, a franchised bottler for The Coca Cola Company based in Lisburn, will reduce their carbon emissions by 10-15%, the equivalent of approximately 350 cars off the road. The company will also decrease water usage by 5% equating to around 11 Olympic sized swimming pools and improve energy consumption by 10-15%, equivalent to somewhere in the region of 37 million kettles boiled.

The Environment Minister, speaking at the signing of the Agreement at the Coca-Cola HBC manufacturing plant in Lisburn said: “This is a win-win. This commitment to reduce emissions and waste and improve energy consumption is good for the environment and good for business.

“My department will now work in partnership with Coca-Cola HBC to put together an action plan to unlock economic opportunities and bring about environmental benefits through business innovation. Working together the aim is to tackle environmental and economic problems facing the soft drinks sector in the North.

“Through their Corporate Social Responsibility Programme Coca- Cola HBC will also promote environmental stewardship with their employees, business partners and the local community. This presents a great opportunity to communicate environmental opportunities to this audience of key stakeholders.”

Commenting on the significance of signing this agreement, Frank O’Donnell, General Manager Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland, said: “This Prosperity Agreement is a clear demonstration of our commitment to the environment and a reflection of our leadership position in the area of sustainability. By reducing the impact of our business on the environment, we are also making our business more efficient and securing its long-term future.

“This leadership position in sustainability was recognised in September 2015 when Coca-Cola HBC was named beverage industry leader on the Dow Jones World and Europe Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for the second successive year.”

Minister Durkan concluded: “My vision is for “a better environment – a stronger economy.” This – the fourth Prosperity Agreement to be signed contributes directly to this. Long term prosperity and well-being is only possible through the responsible management of the environment.

“This is already paying dividends for Linden Foods/Linergy plants in Dungannon which was the world’s first Prosperity Agreement. My hope is that we will see similar groundbreaking results from this Agreement with Coca-Cola HBC, demonstrating that Northern Ireland is serious about boosting the economy whilst reducing the effects of climate change and maintaining our world-class clean, green environment. I hope that other organisations will follow.”

 

Notes to editors:

1.  Originally founded as the Ulster Iced Drinks Company in 1939, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland is the only franchised bottler for The Coca Cola Company on the island of Ireland. It is part of the Coca Cola Hellenic Group which spans 28 countries. With operations in Lisburn, Co Antrim and Ballycoolin, Co Dublin, the company’s 850 employees across the island produce, distribute, market and sell a wide range of soft drinks.

2.  Coca-Cola HBC is a sustainability leader in the beverage industry, topping the Dow Jones World and Europe Sustainability indices for beverage companies for two consecutive years (2014 & 2015). Coca-Cola HBC is committed to serving as a green manufacturer.

3.  Every commitment and action in this prosperity agreement is voluntary and will improve both environmental and economic outcomes. Coca-Cola HBC will ensure that not only will they meet environmental standards required, but go beyond them. They have committed to the following actions by 2019:
         Reduce CO2 emissions by at least 10-15% (2100 tonnes).
         Reduce water used within manufacturing and ancillary processes by at least 5%
         Make significant improvements in energy consumption by at least 10-15% (3.8 million kwh)
         Reducing their waste produced to help reach their target of zero waste to landfill by 2020;
         Influencing other parts of their supply chain to promote environmental performance including a move towards the circular economy’ of reuse, repair, remanufacturing and recycling.

4.  This agreement is the fourth such agreement signed. The first agreement was signed by Linden Foods/ Linergy in August 2014. The second agreement was signed with Lafarge Tarmac in March 2015. The third agreement was signed with Thompsons Feeds in July 2015. NIEA is continuing to work with progressive companies to explore the possible opportunities that a Prosperity Agreement could bring. For more information please contact NIEAProsperityAgreements@doeni.gov.uk.

5.  All media enquiries or requests for images should be directed to the DOE Press Office 028 9025 6058 or for out of office hours, contact the EIS Duty Press Officer on pager: 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.