BULGARIA – Coca-Cola HBC Bulgaria managed to reduce the plastic used in its product packaging by 1 158.85 tons, preventing the release of 2 537.89 tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere in 2021.

Bulgaria’s largest bottler and distributor of Coca-Cola products said it has strengthened its commitment and efforts to meet its ambitious goals for sustainable development and environmental protection after making the bottles of its products lighter saving more than 58 million bottles of Coca-Cola 0.500 ml.

All saved materials are said to have helped significantly to prevent 2 537.89 tons of carbon emissions from being released into the atmosphere.

Over the past year, Coca-Cola HBC Bulgaria reported great progress and proved that its vision of a “World Without Waste” is completely possible.

100% of the packaging of all Coca-Cola products is now recyclable, while at the same time the company reports a reduction of direct carbon emissions by 30% and saved a total of over 90 483 tons of emissions from its overall operations in the country for the last two years.

For 2021, Coca-Cola HBC Bulgaria reported a significant emissions reduction of 56% in scopes 1 and 2 compared to 2017, which equates to 8 370 tons fewer emissions, while at the same time the company managed to produce 1.74 million liters more drinks in 2021 compared to 2017.

Coca-Cola HBC Bulgaria also focuses much of its efforts on a sustainable reduction of carbon emissions, regardless of the volume of drinks produced.

 As a result, for 2021 a constantly rising percentage ratio of electricity from renewable sources is observed, which equals 72.2% of the total amount of energy used in the company’s two production centers – in Kostinbrod and Bankya.

Additionally, the Group, whose economic contribution is equal to 0.5% of the country’s GDP for 2021, has managed to achieve other reductions in the past year including reduced water consumption at the Kostinbrod and Bankya plants, by 16%.

The subsidiary of one of the world’s largest bottlers of drinks from The Coca‑Cola Company, being also a member of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS has managed to collect the equivalent of 65% of its packaging placed on the market.

For 2020 and 2021, the company achieves savings through prevented losses of 646 488 m3 of water, 110 352 MWh of energy, and 56.39 tons of carbon emissions.

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