Water is one of the world’s most precious resources, however, climate change is exacerbating water stress and water scarcity in many parts of the world.
To address water scarcity and water quality challenges, we’ve adopted a value chain approach to water stewardship, focusing on water efficiency within our own operations.
Lisa Rippon Lee, Vice President of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, Australia at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, said:
“Water is critical to our business. It’s the main ingredient in our products, essential to our manufacturing processes and critical to ensuring a sustainable supply of the agricultural ingredients we depend upon.
Our stewardship of this precious resource is not only a key pillar of our sustainability strategy, it’s something our manufacturing teams are proactively implementing each day.”
With the goal of optimising water efficiency at our production facility at Richlands, Queensland – our largest operations site in Australia by footprint – we recently partnered with water technology firm Ecolab.
Together, we’ve created a roadmap that will see our Richlands factory save more than 282 million litres of water each year, reducing water usage at the site by 37.8%.
Turning insights into action, we’ll also save more than 258 million litres of wastewater, 1500 tonnes of greenhouse gases and 9000 gigajoules of energy annually.
Water initiatives at our site at Northmead, New South Wales also continue to drive improvements to the facility’s Water-Usage-Ratio.
At Northmead, clean water from two of our beverage blenders is currently being collected, treated, and re-used. We’re also actively collecting rainwater at the site that we can use sustainably for washdown activities that are critical to food safety.
Collectively, these initiatives reduce our annual water usage at Northmead by two Olympic-sized swimming pools (or 2.5 million litres) per year.
Optimising water efficiency is just one way that we’re investing in our sustainable future at CCEP Australia. If you’d like to know more about how we’re taking action on sustainability, click here.