Coca-Cola European Partners commits to switch to electric vehicles in effort to combat climate change

UK – British multinational bottling company Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has joined The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative, which brings together companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs).

The company which mainly focuses on the marketing, production, and distribution of Coca-Cola products further announced that it has committed to switch all of its cars and vans to EVs, or ultra-low emission vehicles where EVs are not viable, by 2030.

Joe Franses, VP, sustainability at CCEP, said: “We are proud to use our voice to support EV100 in accelerating the transition to electric vehicles and making electric transport the new normal by 2030.”

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from CCEP’s car fleet and vans make up approximately 17% of the company’s total Scope 1 emissions, according to CCEP.

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Currently, only 5% of the CCEP’s cars and vans are EVs or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The multinational bottler however says that it is working to transition all of the approximately 8,000 cars and vans in its light vehicle fleet, as well as half of the approximately 700 heavy goods vehicles it uses in Belgium and Germany.

“We’re delighted that CCEP are joining the EV100 initiative. As such a notable brand, with a significant presence all over Europe, they will be helping to make electric transport the new normal as part of their commitment. We look forward to working with CCEP closely.”

Sandra Roling – Head of EV100.

The commitment follows the launch of CCEP’s new climate strategy, which includes the ambition to reach net zero emissions by 2040, a goal which is being supported by a €250 million (about US$300.55 million) investment.

To further reduce its carbon foot print, the company which also distributes other drinks such as Capri-Sun, Monster and Relentless has also established a new science-based target to reduce GHG emissions across its value chain by 30% by 2030.

In transitioning to EV, CCEP says that it will also support employees by offering workplace vehicle charging, as well as by making it easier for them to charge electric vehicles at home, at work and on the go.

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