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

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 and that we and our local communities rely on. We are also aiming to reduce the water we use and to replenish 100% of the water we use in areas of water stress. We will also expand our work on sustainable agriculture to address the impacts of water in the growing of our ingredients.

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

More about our commitments

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

Thanks to global water stress mapping tools we know that 21 of our manufacturing sites in Western Europe are located in areas of water stress. Through our water replenish programme we aim to give back an amount of water equivalent to the water we use in our drinks in these critical areas. We will continue to do this through community based water partnerships that help to conserve, protect or store clean water resources and are closely connected to our production sites or our agricultural supply chain. Since 2010, we’ve built a network of projects which in 2016 helped us to replenish 89% of our production volume in areas of water stress. We’ll continue to build on these projects and aim to replenish 100% of the water we use in areas of water stress by 2025.

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

We share the water we use in our operations with our local communities and have a duty to protect it for the future. We will continue the work that we have already started - undertaking Source Water Vulnerability Assessments and establishing Source Water Protection Plans in partnership with our local communities at each of our production sites and using global water stress mapping tools to identify and collaborate in areas of water stress.

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

We can’t change the amount of water we use in our drinks, but we can and will reduce the amount of water we use in our manufacturing processes, for example to rinse our packaging or keep our lines moving efficiently. Many of our factories in Western Europe are already best-in-class for water efficiency within the global Coca-Cola system and the entire beverage industry. We’ve reduced the amount of water we use to make one litre of product by 10% since 2010, and we will continue to invest in new technologies to reduce the water we use in manufacturing even further. However the majority of our water impact comes from our ingredients and our packaging and we’ll work with our supply chain partners to identify, understand and reduce water impacts across our supply chain.