UK – Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP), one of the largest bottlers of Coca-Cola globally, has appointed Sam Jones as its new head of climate and sustainability in Britain.  

Jones joins CCEP from packaging giant, DS Smith, where he was responsible for the creation and roll-out of the business’ sustainability strategy. 

According to CCEP, Jones’s career highlight in DS Smith includes a key role in its Net Zero plans and Science-Based Targets for carbon reduction.  

Julian Hunt, vice-president, public affairs, communication and sustainability, CCEP GB said: “Sustainability sits at the heart of everything we do as a business, and it’s fantastic to have Sam on board to help drive our strategy forward 

He brings with him a wealth of experience, as well as passion and determination to create real, positive change, and I look forward to working together as we continue to make strides towards Net Zero.”  

Prior to joining DS SMith, Jones previously held consultancy and advisory positions within the environment teams at Mars and global agri-food business AB Agri.  

At CCEP, Jones is expected to drive the bottler’s sustainability agenda in Britain, focusing on its packaging strategy, carbon reduction commitments, and water stewardship goals. 

He will also be tasked with the responsibility of further strengthening the business’ links within the communities in which it operates. 

 As part of this, he will play a key role in supporting the This is Forward sustainability action plan, which targets six key social and environmental areas where the business has a significant impact.  

The strategy forms a key element of CCEP’s path to become a Net Zero business by 2040, in line with the target of US-based soft drinks manufacturing giant, Coca-Cola/ 

 Earlier this year CCEP supported the expansion of a local solar farm near its Wakefield soft drinks factory as part of a wider investment in renewable energy.  

The Uxbridge, United Kingdom-based company said the investment would support it science-based target to be net zero by 2040.  

“Being part of Coca-Cola’s largest bottler brings with it huge responsibility, but we also have a great opportunity to influence and encourage real change, which is so important as businesses in Great Britain consider their role in tackling the climate challenge and the impact they have on the planet,” said Jones.  

“I look forward to working with colleagues across the business, and our customers and suppliers, to make further progress in reducing the environmental impact of our own operations, and across our supply chain.”  

Earlier,  CCEP announced that following a strategic review of its beer and cider portfolio the company will be exiting from its production, sale and distribution of beer and apple cider products in Australia. 

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