We aim to minimize the impacts of our business on the natural environment. As part of doing so, we implement the internationally recognized environmental management system ISO 14001 and are working towards full certification across our business. In Austria we first achieved ISO 14001 in 2004 and have maintained it ever since.
Our environmental efforts are focused on the three areas where we have the greatest impact and can therefore make the most significant contribution. These are:
We set performance targets for each of these three areas and report our progress as part of a larger group in our annual Group CSR report.
Our bottling plants are also regularly audited against the environmental standards of The Coca-Cola Company.
As well as reducing our own impacts, we work with others to address broader sustainability issues. We work with government agencies, NGOs and others to support environmental conservation and education. In particular, we focus on protecting local watersheds and promoting recycling.
Since 2006, Coca-Cola HBC has been organizing the Danube Challenge in cooperation with the Ministry of Life. At this event, school classes from all parts of Austria explore the eco-system of water.
Since 2007, Coca-Cola HBC has been running a bottle-to-bottle recycling facility in cooperation with four other Austrian beverage manufacturers. PET to PET Recycling Österreich GmbH is a pioneering key project in the Austrian beverage industry. At this recycling facility, located in Müllendorf, Burgenland, which was built in compliance with the latest technical standards, used PET bottles are processed so the material can be used for the production of new ones.
The employees of Coca-Cola Austria also show commitment and support the conservation of important habitats such as the Danube within the framework of the "Move Week".
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