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Working with Coca-Cola to Improve Energy Efficiency and Reduce Emissions

Perito Moreno Glacier

Climate change is the greatest threat to our planet today


Together, WWF and The Coca-Cola Company have worked to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions in Coca-Cola's manufacturing operations, including those of over 300 independent bottlers.

Goal: Grow the business, not the carbon, worldwide and reduce emissions five percent in developed countries by 2015

Results: To support this goal, WWF and The Coca-Cola Company developed an Energy Efficiency Toolkit to identify energy-saving opportunities in the company's operations. Additionally, WWF welcomed The Coca-Cola Company into its Climate Savers program, an elite group of leading corporations from around the world that are working with WWF to dramatically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2011, emissions levels from the company’s operations in developed countries were 9 percent below 2004 baseline emissions, ahead of the 2015 planned goal of 5 percent. Globally, however, emissions relating to manufacturing operations were 11 percent higher than the 2004 baseline. Although sales volume has increased 35 percent and emissions intensity—the ration of emissions to sales volume—has improved by 17 percent, Coca-Cola and its bottling partners acknowledge there is more work to do.

To address this gap across system-wide emissions, the partnership developed the Top 10 Energy Saving Practices Challenge to educate bottlers around the world about carbon-reduction strategies while encouraging participation and allowing bottlers to compare performance with others across the system. The campaign identified 10 simple, money-saving energy-efficiency practices that can be implemented at a plant level.

Since the launch of the campaign in January 2011, a total of 127 facilities have completed all 10 recommended actions. The Coca-Cola Icecek group of bottlers in Turkey was the first to complete the Top 10 challenge and received the first Platinum Certificate from Coca-Cola and WWF for this accomplishment in 2012. If all bottlers complete the challenge, they will help Coca-Cola meet approximately 60 percent of emissions reductions required to meet the 2015 target.

See the complete list of bottlers that have completed the Top 10 Energy Saving Challenge (PDF).

Without intervention, Coca-Cola's emissions would grow proportional to volume and reach 7.3 million tons in 2015. The global commitment will prevent the release of more than two million tons of CO2 in 2015—the equivalent of planting 600,000 acres of trees.