Water is the main ingredient in our products and essential to our manufacturing processes. To ensure a sustainable supply of water, we’re working to reduce the amount of water we use in our operations and protect local water sources for future generations.

Our Strategy

the care that it deserves. We’re aiming to reduce the water we use in our manufacturing sites by 20% by 2025, as well as addressing water impacts within our supply chain. We’re also aiming to replenish 100% of the water we use in areas of water stress through community based partnerships.

Our Action on Water helps to support UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation.

In many of our territories, water resources are affected by over exploitation, poor water management and the impacts of climate change. Water scarcity and deteriorating water quality in our supply chain have become major issues for all businesses in Western Europe. Around 80% of the total water footprint of our products comes from our agricultural supply chain, including sugar beet – which is grown in Western Europe – or the fruit juices we source from around the world. 

As a result, we’re taking a value chain approach to handling water with 

Our 2025 Commitments

Water Reduction

We’ll reduce the water we use in manufacturing by 20% - and address water impacts in our supply chain.

Water Protection

We’ll protect the sustainability of the water sources we use for future generations.

Water Replenishment

We’ll replenish 100% of the water we use in areas of water stress.

Our 2018 Progress

  • of our manufacturing sites have implemented Source Water Protection Plans (SWPPs).

  • reduction in the amount of water we use to make one litre of product since 2010.

  • of the water we used in our drinks, where sourced from areas of water stress, was replenished.

Our Actions

Improving Water Efficiency

How much water do you use to make your products?

We aim to make our manufacturing sites as water efficient as possible and we measure performance through our water use ratio – the amount of water we need to produce a litre of product. In 2018, our water use ratio was 1.61 litres of water per litre of product produced – a reduction of 11.25% since 2010.

We monitor our company-wide water use, setting annual targets and identifying opportunities to reduce our consumption. In 2018, our manufacturing sites withdrew a total of 20.4 million cubic metres (m³) of water, and discharged 7.51 million m³ of wastewater.

What are you doing to improve water efficiency in your manufacturing operations?

We are working hard to make our manufacturing and cleaning processes more water efficient. In 2018, we invested €2.7 million in water efficient technologies and processes, resulting in water savings of 75,170 m³. As a result, in 2018, our water use ratio was 1.61L/L(A) in 2018 – a reduction of 11.25% since 2010.

In 2018, The Coca-Cola Company launched an Environment Award for Coca-Cola bottlers in Western Europe. The award recognises excellence and consistent improvements across a range of areas, including water efficiency. Our Dorsten manufacturing site in Germany won the award in 2018.

In 2018, at our Furstenfeldbruck manufacturing site in Germany we invested in water efficient bottle washers, saving up to 1,400 m3 of water per month. In Spain, our Barcelona manufacturing site introduced a new system to reuse wastewater in 2018, which helped regenerate the ecosystem of a nearby lagoon and increased the biodiversity of aquatic flora and fauna.

Where possible we share best practices between our manufacturing sites. This includes the introduction of monitoring systems to track water use in real-time, the installation of new air rinsers which use air rather than water to clean our PET bottles, pre-forms and cans before they are filled, and the re-use of the water from our processes to rinse resin granules.

To improve our water usage, we also look at reusing and recycling water in our production processes. For example, in some of our manufacturing sites we reuse water from the bottle washer for cleaning our crates. In 2018, we reused and recycled 459,592 m3 of water which equates to 2.3% of total water withdrawals. 

Protecting our Water Sources

How do you protect the future sustainability of the water sources you use?

To help protect our water sources, all our manufacturing sites (47 in total) carry out Source Water Vulnerability Assessments (SVAs) which assess potential risks in terms of water quality and future availability to our business, the local community and the wider ecosystem. These assessments inform our source water protection plans (SWPPs), which take account of future water needs and identify any further actions required. In 2018, 100% of our manufacturing sites carried out SVAs and had SWPPs in place. These plans are reviewed and updated as necessary.

How do you ensure that you return wastewater safely to the environment?

We ensure that 100% of our wastewater is safely returned to nature. Before water is discharged from any of our manufacturing sites, we apply the highest standards of treatment – in every case equal to the standard set by local regulations.

In 2018, our manufacturing sites withdrew a total of 20.4 million cubic metres (m³) of water, and discharged 7.51 million m³ of wastewater.

While most of our manufacturing sites pre-treat wastewater on site and then send it to municipal wastewater treatment plants, 13 of our manufacturing sites carry out full wastewater treatment on site. In our sites in Reykjavik, Iceland and Barcelona, Spain, the methane gas generated by wastewater treatment is recycled to heat the process itself.

Of our total wastewater volume (7.51million m³) in 2018, 4.9 million m³ was treated by municipal wastewater treatment stations and 2.6 million m³ by our own treatment plants. In 2018, we invested €100,000 in wastewater treatment technology.

What certifications does CCEP have for water stewardship?

In 2018, CCEP was included in the CDP Water A List for the third year in a row. In addition, our plants at Dongen and Chaudfontaine retained the gold-level European Water Stewardship Standard. Issued under the European Water Framework Directive, the Standard recognises excellence at every stage of water management from the protection of water sources, through efficient use of water, to the quality of wastewater we release into the environment.

Water Replenishment

How does CCEP identify sites located in areas of water stress?

Together with The Coca-Cola Company, we have identified areas of water stress within our business through Source Vulnerability Assessments (SVAs) and by using water stress mapping from global surveys such as the World Resources Institute's (WRI) Aqueduct project. In 2018, 20 of our facilities were located in areas of water stress. We used 6.28 million cubic metres of water in our production volume in these sites. This represents 49.7% of CCEP's total production volumes. 

Where does CCEP have water replenishment programmes?

Together with The Coca-Cola Company, we continue to replenish the water we use in areas of water stress in partnership with local NGOs and community groups. We have set up several replenishment programmes across our territories in recent years, including in Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain and Spain.

In 2018, we managed 15 community based water replenishment projects in Western Europe, enabling us to replenish 141% of the water we used in our products in areas of water stress.

In 2018, in collaboration with The Coca-Cola Foundation, we partnered with WWF Spain on a three year project to protect water quantity and quality in the Guadalquivir river by improving agricultural practices in local citrus plantations. We also invested in new initiatives, such as a three year project with WWF UK to improve water quality and replenish water sources in East Anglia, Great Britain. Ongoing projects include the Camargue Wetland Restoration project in partnership with WWF France, due to complete in 2020.

Which organisations does CCEP partner with on the replenishment programmes?

Partners are very important in the work we do to ensure our replenishment programmes meet the needs of the local community and are successful. In Spain, our partners include ECODES, SEO/Birdlife, Acció Natura, Inèdit/IRTA, University of Malaga and Jaume I University.

Natuurpunt is our main partner in Belgium and in Great Britain we work closely with WWF-UK and Rivers Trust, as well as WWF in France. During 2018, we partnered with EUROPARC in Germany.

For more information about the water replenishment programmes in each of our territories, see our stories below.

Our Stories


Water Replenishment – Partnership with Natuurpunt


Together with The Coca-Cola Company, we have supported a partnership with Natuurpunt over the past three years to improve wetlands in Belgium. Our first partnership focused on the restoration of the Stappersven in the Kalmthoutse nature reserve, through the removal of foreign plant species, and re-planting of indigenous trees.

In 2018, the partnership was expanded to a second project with Natuurpunt, aiming to improve water maintenance and combat drainage in an area of wetlands in the Demervallei, in Flanders. The project will protect plant and wildlife habitats and restore drinking water reserves for the area, as well as making the area more accessible for pedestrians.

Through these projects, 80.2 ML/y of water was replenished in 2018.


Right: Stappersven


Camargue Wetland Restoration


In 2014, in partnership with WWF France, The Coca-Cola Foundation began a two-phase project to restore and replenish the Camargue wetlands and their biodiversity.

Phase one took place between 2014-2017 and was part of a wider programme to re-establish a more natural hydrological functioning of freshwater zones and to recreate and improve the water flow and biodiversity between the old Rhone, the lagoons and the Mediterranean Sea. 

Phase two began in late 2017 and the restoration works developed by the project will improve biodiversity and ecosystem services for at least 20 years. The project is due for completion in 2020. In 2018, this project helped to replenish 3,971 ML/y of water.





encouraging other businesses who source from the catchments to join us so that the work can grow and scale.

In addition, we are working to replenish surface and groundwater in chalkland environments in London and the South East. In Broomfield Park in Enfield, north London, we’re helping to create a new area of wetland to address urban flood risk not far from our Edmonton manufacturing site. In Richmond Park in southwest London, we’re improving water quality in a tributary to the River Thames by preventing polluted road run-off. Finally, in the Ham Fen nature reserve in Kent, we’re supporting a project to restore one of the last remaining areas of peat wetland in England. The projects are run in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company and funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation and delivered by local environmental organisations Thames21, the South East Rivers Trust and the Kent Wildlife Trust.

Through these projects, we have replenished 944.4 ML/y of water in Great Britain in 2018. For more information, please see here.

Water Replenishment with WWF

Great Britain

Since 2012, together with The Coca-Cola Company and funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation, we have supported WWF UK on a variety of projects in East Anglia and South East England. Our first project, to protect and replenish the Rivers Cray and Nar, was followed by a three-year partnership in the Cam-Ely-Ouse and Broadlands – two major river catchments in East Anglia. Intensively used for growing sugar beet, these areas see many of their rivers suffer from agricultural pollution and failing to meet European Water Directive targets. In order to help improve the water quality and availability in the region we are working with farmers to help them establish more soil-sensitive farming practices to help reduce the negative impact on local rivers and grow their crops more sustainably.

In 2018, this partnership was expanded for a further three years allowing this innovative work to keep going in the East Anglia region and, together with partners at Norfolk Rivers Trust and The Rivers Trust, we will continue to focus on improving river health through encouraging sustainable soil-sensitive farming practices, while 


Water Replenishment - Bringing a forest back to life


In 2018, we completed a project to protect groundwater close to our Aquabona manufacturing site in Northern Spain, which was severely impacted following a forest fire in 2009. The project involved restoring native and fire resilient trees, protecting

grassland habitats and controlling vegetation growth. It was carried out together with The Coca-Cola Company and in partnership with the Ecology and Development Foundation (ECODES) and local government. We replenished 943.8 million litres of water, planted over 66,300 trees and restored 57 hectares of land in 2018. As a result of this project rainwater recovery has improved by 20% and the local biodiversity and ecosystem will be protected for at least 20 years.

World Water Day


Following World Water Day, 2018, our customer, METRO, launched the METRO Water Initiative, to raise awareness amongst its 21 million customers of the importance of sustainable water supply management. During the campaign in April, supported by CCEP, more than €12,000 was raised and donated to EUROPARC and will be used to promote coastal cleaning and marine protection in the Biosphere Reserve in South-East Ruegen.