AUSTRALIA – Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Australia has opened its first ‘5 Star Green Star’-rated property in its Australia property portfolio that will serve as new equipment services and a point-of-sale facility in Richlands, Queensland.

The new AUD 40 million (approx. US$26.7 million) facility reflects the company’s continued investment in more efficient and sustainable infrastructure.

The Green Star rating system was founded in Australia but is internationally recognized and provides independent verification that a building or project is sustainable.

The new site features a 233kW solar power system with a water efficiency system that is supported by a 100,000-litre water tank enabling the reuse of water for amenities and gardens.

The building uses low-pollutant materials to help provide CCEP employees with an improved indoor working environment, including better air quality, daylighting, and thermal comfort supported by ‘cutting-edge’ climate control. LED lights and motion sensors are also used throughout.

To ensure weather resilience, the building was designed to tolerate future climate-related events such as extreme rainfall and floods, helping to minimize disruptions and ensure the continuity of CCEP’s service.

The inauguration comes just a few days after the CCEP announced the appointment of Orlando Rodriguez to the position of Managing Director CCEP Australia.

Rodriguez has brought industry expertise and experience to the role, having worked as Vice President, Customer Service & Supply Chain for Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific.

Commenting on the investment, Rodriguez said: “This new site in Richlands will help strengthen our Queensland operations, boasting a more efficient layout, enabling more seamless integration between our teams and allowing us to deliver even better service to our 17,000-plus customers in the Sunshine State”.

“We’re also proud to be unlocking these efficiencies as sustainably as we can, with the new site being our first 5-Star Green Star rated building in our Australia portfolio. As we supercharge our efforts to reach net zero by 2040, this latest purpose-built premises reflects our commitment to enhancing the sustainability of our Australian operations into the future.”

Before joining CCEP, Rodriguez worked in several senior roles for large retailers across Australia and New Zealand.

CCEP sells secretive coal royalties for $65m to Sev.en

Meanwhile, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners has sold its secretive Queensland coal royalties to privately owned Czech firm Sev.en Global Investments, which has been on a dealmaking spree in Australia.

In the transaction, Sev.en paid $65 million for the royalties that have been running internally by CCEP since early 2022 and was first revealed by Street Talk.

The portfolio included coal royalties stemming from two strata lots (4 and 18) located 20 kilometers west of central Queensland’s Rolleston. It covers parts of the Rolleston and Meteor Downs South Mines, which are linked by rail to the Port of Gladstone.

The drinks giant has held the coal rights since at least the 1980s but managed to keep them a secret from shareholders until The Australian Financial Review revealed them in August 2020 amid a court fight on the right to collect the royalties.

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