EUROPE – Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, one of the largest anchor bottlers for Coca-Cola, has unveiled two carbon neutral manufacturing sites as part of efforts to achieve its 2040 Net Zero ambitions.  

According to the company, the sites in Jordbro in Sweden and Vilas del Turbón in Spain have been certified as carbon neutral certified according to the international standard PAS 2060.   

They are CCEP’s first carbon-neutral sites and are part of a pilot program that aims for at least six CCEP sites to become carbon neutral certified according to the PAS 2060[2] by the end of 2023.   

Both sites were chosen to be part of the programme by demonstrating a historic reduction in their carbon emissions and have plans to continue to reduce emissions for the next three years, in line with this target. 

Both sites already use 100% renewable electricity and have also made a number of changes on-site to reduce their emissions. 

The Jordbro site is, for instance,  CCEP’s sole production facility in Sweden that produces over 350 million litres of beverages each year.  

Over the past five years the site has reduced its total emissions to only 1274 tonnes CO2e, which is a reduction of 68% per litre of product produced there.

The Vilas de Turbón site, on the other hand, has reduced its total emissions to only 87 tonnes CO2e, which is a reduction of 36% per litre of product produced there. 

Measures used to achieve these impressive sustainability numbers include using carbon from natural sources, installing LED lighting at the site, using electric forklifts, and installation of biomass boilers that use sustainably sourced wood pellets. 

To offset the remaining emissions at both sites CCEP has purchased Gold Standard certified carbon credits from a reforestation project in Orinoco, Colombia. This carbon sequestration project will support an area of savannah that has been damaged by agricultural activity through reforestation and the restoration of its ecosystem. 

“Driving effective long-term change in our environmental impact is a key priority for us, which is why we have committed to reducing emissions as far as we can before offsetting,” said José Antonio Echeverría, Chief Customer Service and Supply Chain Officer, CCEP. 

“We’re delighted to recognise this significant milestone for CCEP, and the teams who are helping us to accelerate our progress in reducing our emissions across our supply chain.” 

As part of the PAS 2060 certification, the sites have committed to a further CO2 reduction plan for the next 3 years. 

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