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The Coca-Cola Company declares environmental goals

The Coca-Cola Company and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are working to advance the Coca-Cola system’s sustainability stewardship with new, global environmental goals and an expanded global partnership.

These goals, which complement other Coca-Cola community commitments, focus on sustainable management of water, energy, and packaging use as well as sustainable sourcing of agricultural ingredients through 2020.

Building on the initial successes of their nearly decade-long partnership, Coca-Cola and WWF have agreed to extend their efforts by meeting ambitious new conservation and performance targets, promoting the integration of nature’s value into decision-making processes and convening influential partners to help solve shared global environmental challenges.

Under the renewed and expanded partnership, Coca-Cola and WWF jointly developed new 2020 environmental sustainability goals for the Coca-Cola system – the company and its nearly 300 bottling partners in more than 200 countries. These goals include:

  • Improve water efficiency by 25 percent. Coca-Cola will improve its water use efficiency per liter of product produced through operational advancements throughout the Coca-Cola system.
  • Reduce CO2 emissions embedded in ‘the drink in your hand’ by 25 percent. Coca-Cola will work to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions across its entire value chain, making comprehensive carbon footprint reductions across its manufacturing processes, packaging formats, delivery fleet, refrigeration equipment and ingredient sourcing.
  • Responsibly source material for PlantBottle™ packaging. Coca-Cola will work with WWF to assess the environmental and social performance of plant-based materials for potential use in its PlantBottle packaging. This will enable the Company to meet its goal to use up to 30 percent plant-based material for all its PET plastic bottles by 2020.

In addition to the goals jointly developed with WWF, Coca-Cola has reaffirmed its water replenishment goal and evolved its package recovery goal through 2020 to include:

  • Replenish 100 percent of water used. Coca-Cola will return treated water from its manufacturing processes back to the environment at a level that supports aquatic life, and replenish the water used in its finished beverage products through continuing its community water projects with partners in more than 100 countries. To date, Coca-Cola’s replenishment work has balanced an estimated 52 percent of product volume through 468 projects.
  • Reach a 75 percent recovery rate of bottles and cans in developed markets. Coca-Cola will work with the beverage industry and local organizations to establish baseline information and work to increase recovery and recycling in developing markets. The company will continue to reduce the amount of material and energy used in its packaging as well as continue to use both recycled and renewable content.