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Water is the main ingredient in our products and is one of the world’s most precious resources. It’s also essential to our manufacturing processes and critical to ensuring a sustainable supply of the agricultural ingredients we rely on.

Strategy

As a result, we’re taking a value-chain approach to handling water with the care that it deserves. We are working to protect the local water sources we use in our operations for future generations. We are also aiming to reduce the water we use in our manufacturing operations by 20% by 2025, and address water impacts within our supply chain. We will also aim to replenish 100% of the water we use in areas of water stress.

Our Action on Water helps to support UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation and UN Sustainable Development Goal 15 on Life on Land.

However, in many regions, water resources have been affected by over-exploitation, the growing demand for food, poor water management and the impacts of climate change.

Water scarcity and the deteriorating quality of some of the water sources in our own territories and supply chains are a major issue for our business 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.

 

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

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

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

Progress

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

  • We have reduced the amount of water we use to make one litre of product by 11.78% since 2010.

  • In 2017, we replenished 110% of the water we used in our drinks, where it was sourced from areas of water stress.

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How much water do you use to make your products?

We aim to make our plants 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 2017, our water-use ratio was 1.61 litres per litre. We monitor our company-wide water use, setting annual targets and identifying opportunities to reduce our consumption. In 2017, our manufacturing operations withdrew a total of 20.3 million cubic metres (m³) of water, and discharged 7.25 million m³ of waste water.

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 2017, we invested approximately €490,000 in new technologies and processes to make our plants more water-efficient, resulting in water savings of 4,648 m³ in 2017. Many of our projects involved sharing best practices between our manufacturing operations. Where it’s necessary to use water to rinse our bottles, we’re installing new bottle washers which use less water. We are also introducing monitoring systems to track water use in real-time, installing new air rinsers which use air rather than water to clean our PET bottles, pre-forms and cans before they are filled, and re-using the water from our processes to rinse resin granules.

In Great Britain, we installed a rinse-water recovery system that will save around 3 million litres of water a year at our plant in East Kilbride (see case study). In Spain, we replaced a refillable glass washer with a more efficient version at our Tenerife plant, halving the amount of water required for the washing process. Other water efficiency investments in Spain include systems at our Valencia site to reduce our use of reverse osmosis, thereby cutting water use. In Bilbao, we’ve found ways to wash our sand filters less frequently, reducing water consumption.

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

To help protect our water sources, all our manufacturing operations carry out Source Water Vulnerability Assessments (SVAs) to assess potential risks in terms of water quality and future availability to our business, the local community and the wider ecosystem. Within each catchment, SVAs evaluate local water resource systems, past and present water quality, current water stresses and potential risks arising from extreme weather or natural disasters.

Drawing on the findings of their SVAs, all of our manufacturing operations now have Source Water Protection Plans (SWPPs) that take account of future water needs and identify any required mitigation plans. 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 plants, we apply the highest standards of treatment – in every case equal to the standard set by local regulations.

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

Of our total wastewater volume (7.25 million m³) in 2017, 4.3 million m³ was treated by municipal wastewater treatment stations and 2.9 million m³ by our own treatment plants. In 2017, we invested €50,000 in wastewater treatment technology.

 

What certifications does CCEP have for water stewardship?

In 2017, CCEP was included in the CDP Water A List for the second 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.

How does CCEP identify sites located in 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) Acqueduct project.  In 2017, 21 of our facilities were located in areas of water stress.  We used 6.4 million cubic metres of water in our production volume, representing 50.6% of CCEP's total production volumes. 

How does CCEP identify sites located in 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) Acqueduct project.  In 2017, 21 of our facilities were located in areas of water stress.  We used 6.4 million cubic metres of water in our production volume, representing 50.6% of CCEP's total production volumes. 

Where does CCEP have water replenishment programmes?

In conjunction with The Coca-Cola Company, we have set up several replenishment programmes across our territories in recent years, including in Great Britain, France, Belgium, Germany and Spain. In 2017, these programmes, with partners such as WWF, EcodesNatuurpunt, and Europarc; replenished 7.045 million m³ of water. This was equal to 110% of our production volume where the water used was sourced from areas of water stress. For more information about the water replenishment programmes in each of our territories, see our case studies.

Our Stories

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Water recapture

Great Britain

At our East Kilbride site in Great Britain, we’ve installed a system to capture and reuse the water we use to rinse bottles. Instead of being lost, the rinse water is reused by the site’s pasteuriser. The project saves 3 million litres of water per year.

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Water Replenishment with WWF

Great Britain

For the past five years, together with The Coca-Cola Company, 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 currently underway in the Cam-Ely-Ouse and Broadlands 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. As well as replenishing water in these catchments, we are working with farmers to help them establish more soil-sensitive farming practices to help reduce the negative impact on local rivers and produce their crops more sustainably.

In 2017, this partnership was further expanded, working with The Rivers Trust, to include a series of three programmes 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. 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, Thames21, the South East Rivers Trust and the Kent Wildlife Trust. Through these projects, we have replenished 880,300 m3 of water in Great Britain in 2017. For more information, please see here.

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Water Replenishment

Spain

Together with The Coca-Cola Foundation, we support eight water replenishment programmes across Spain, with partners including WWF-SpainEcodesSEO/BirdlifeAcciónatura and Jaume I University.

These programmes deliver the largest replenishment volumes across our territories. One of the most extensive projects is in the Tancat de la Pipa wetland system in Valencia, where, together with SEO-Birdlife, the project has worked to restore the vegetation and habitats of the Albufera National Park.

One of the most recent projects is a partnership with the University of Malaga’s Centre for Hydrogeology, to protect biodiversity and recover wetlands around the mouth of the Guadalhorce River near Malaga. A protected natural park, the area is particularly vulnerable to salinisation from the sea, as well as the impacts of tourism and industry. The project involves restoring the area’s water quality by using purified wastewater from a nearby treatment plant.

In 2017, we replenished 2,439,350 m3 of water through these eight projects, equal to 94.34% of our production volume, where sourced from areas of water stress, in Spain. For more information, please visit here.

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Water Replenishment

Belgium

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 2017, 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, 42,900 m3 of water was replenished in 2017.