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 parts of our business that use the most energy: our bottling plants, fleet and cold drink equipment.

Coca-Cola HBC has committed to reduce water use intensity by 30% by 2020 – compared to 2010 – and to reduce carbon emissions intensity by 50% over the same period.

We are developing specific measures, particularly for the energy-intensive areas of our company – the bottling plants, the fleet of vehicles and our cooling devices: It is one of our most important environmental objectives to further reduce our energy consumption. Our main energy consumers are: bottling and packaging plants, hot water production (cleaning, bottle washing machine), blowing machines for PET bottle production, heating, cooling as well as lighting: A new bottle washing machine has been in operation since 2014. Thanks to the use of this machine, fresh water consumption per bottle has been reduced by 40% – energy consumption has even been reduced by 50%.

For the production of hot water we mainly use natural gas. An energy management system regulates the withdrawal of heat from the storage system and the heating boilers. We use the waste heat of the blowing machines to heat our warehouses. The use of energy-efficient engines saves up to 70% of energy compared to previous models, i.e. more than 190,000 kWh and almost 40 tons of CO2 equivalents per year.

Today, the Coca-Cola HBC Austria receives its power supply exclusively from hydroelectricity.

Green Logistics
Only recently, Coca-Cola HBC launched a new shuttle system between Vienna and Edelstal.

With this concept we rely on Green Logistics, automated warehouse procedures and more planning flexibility in the long term.

The new shuttle offers mainly three advantages:

  • Reduction of carbon dioxide emissions thanks to the use of Euro 6 vehicles with lower fuel consumption
  • Increased payload of trucks – 26 instead of 24 tons thanks to lightweight construction
  • Improved cooperation and coordination between distribution, warehouse and planning

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 trialing 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 HBC is a founder signatory of the UN Global Compact’s Caring for Climate, the largest global business coalition on climate.

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