Energy and climate protection
Climate change is the greatest and most urgent environmental challenge facing our planet. Swift and decisive action is needed to set our society onto a low-carbon growth path. With its capacity for innovation and investment, business has a critical role to play in this massive transformation.
We aim to take a leadership position, adapting our business to the demands and opportunities of a low-carbon economy. As a result, we are accelerating our efforts in the parts of our business that use the most energy: our bottling plants, fleet and cold drink equipment.
• In our bottling plants, we are building combined heat and power units. We are also expanding energy-savings programmes.
• In our fleet, we are exploring and expanding our use of hybrid vehicles and alternative fuels. We are also changing driver behaviour with our Safe and Eco-Driving programme.
• Our new energy-efficient cold drink equipment emits up 50% less CO2 emissions than 2004.
Combined heat and power
The greatest reductions to our carbon footprint will come from the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants under construction at Knockmore Hill and 14 other locations across our Group’s business. Cleaner and more efficient than conventional power plants, these on-site CHP units will supply the heating, cooling and electricity needs of bottling plants. When completed, the programme will reduce the CO2 emissions from all our manufacturing plants by 20%, and by more than 40% in Knockmore Hill.
In our bottling plants, we are implementing energy-savings programmes to reduce the CO2 emissions to produce each litre of beverage. For example:
• An energy monitoring system was installed at the Knockmore Hill plant. This system provides accurate, real-time, online analysis and monitoring of our energy usage including electricity, CO2 and steam. This information is useful for our regular energy audits.
Although our bottling operations use more energy than our offices and other facilities, we are taking steps to reduce CO2 emissions there too. For example, our Green IT programme is changing the IT equipment that we use, as well as the way that we use it. By using audio, video and online conferencing, we are significantly reducing business travel with its associated CO2 emissions.
Safe and Eco-Driving
Changing driver behaviour can also make a major contribution to reducing CO2 emissions. Through our Safe and Eco-Driving programme, we are teaching drivers of our trucks and company cars such techniques as driving at optimum speed and early gear changes. Initial results are encouraging, showing the potential for significant CO2 emissions reduction across our business.
Energy-efficient cold drink equipment
Our consumers expect to find chilled beverages available in restaurants and shops when they are thirsty. As a result, placing coolers and other cold drink equipment on customer premises is an important part of our business strategy. Although we do not operate this equipment, we still have a responsibility to reduce its carbon footprint.
We therefore work with our suppliers to improve the equipment’s energy efficiency. By developing new cooler models as well as energy management devices, we now purchase coolers up to 50 percent more energy-efficient compared to 2004. We also train our employees to ensure that coolers in the marketplace operate as efficiently as possible.
In addition, we are working to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the greenhouse gases widely used in commercial and domestic refrigeration. We no longer use HFCs in insulation foam and are trialling alternative refrigerant gases. Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) have been almost completely phased out from our equipment through a capture and recovery programme in the marketplace.
Working in partnership
At an international level, Coca-Cola Hellenic is a founder signatory of the UN Global Compact’s Caring for Climate, the largest global business coalition on climate.
In Northern Ireland, we are working with The Carbon Trust to attain Carbon Reduction Certification (CRC) by conducting audits on both compressed air generation and industrial lighting. Recommendations are then implemented to improve our certification and promote energy savings.
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