Environment

Coca‑Cola HBC Poland and Baltics acts responsibly to foster environment protection. Our company is committed to the highest standards of preserving the beauty of nature. We also aim to minimise the impacts of our business on the natural environment.


Coca‑Cola HBC Poland and Baltics CSR Report

Specific environmental goals are set every year at our plants within all three abovementioned areas and our achievements are presented in the Coca‑Cola HBC Poland Social Responsibility Report.

Since 2008 we have also published the country’s Social Responsibility Report. Moreover, our manufacturing plants are regularly controlled for compliance with The Coca‑Cola Company’s highest standards.

Check our Social Responsibility Report here.



Our environmental priorities:

  • WATER: Responsible water management has been a lasting priority for the entire Coca‑Cola system for many years. Water is the key and essential ingredient of all beverages. It is also the main component of any living organism and the guarantee of life on our planet. Coca‑Cola HBC Poland and Baltics is aware of how valuable this resource is and how much the level of resources of pure fresh water becomes an increasingly critical issue each year in terms of the needs of economies, societies and nations.
  • PACKAGING: In line with the adopted policy, in order to achieve the above goals, Coca‑Cola HBC Poland and Baltics constantly improves systems for collection of waste generated by consumers as well as supports education and raising consumer awareness. The company participates in campaigns raising social awareness in the area of selective waste collection and campaigns against littering
  • CARBON EMISSIONS: The company has committed to taking actions aimed to minimise its impact on climate change and run business operations in the spirit of sustainable development, with the least possible negative impact on the natural environment.
  • COOLERS: According to our 2017 figures, our refrigeration equipment, such as in store coolers, account for almost 40% of our carbon emissions. Our Business Unit is also demonstrating strong leadership in reaching this target. Currently, the HFC-free (hydrofluorocarbon-free) coolers across the Poland and Baltics market account for 30%. 

Environmental overview

Minimising our environmental impact across the entire value chain is our core objective. We’ve been setting annual improvement targets since 2004 and are working towards our ambitious 2025 goals.

Our business is driven by sustainability goals and ambitions – they are central to our core business activities and are at the heart of our engagement with external stakeholders, including suppliers, partners, and the community where we are based, along with the broader business community.

Our sustainability efforts apply to all parts of the business and we have set particularly ambitious targets in the areas of waste, carbon emissions and water conservation. Apart of technical changes that we implement, we are also running Near Loss programme to activate and support initiatives from our people which help reducing water, energy and compressed air losses.


OUR 2025 VISION

Our water story

 

Water is the primary ingredient in all our beverages and an important part of our business.

Our water usage is monitored in a ratio of the amount of water used to the amount of beverage that is produced and we set monthly water use targets.

Some of our water reduction measures include:

  • Water wells and consumption monitoring at multiple usage points
  • Planning & implementing various water saving projects:
  • Changing line lubrication from wet to dry / semi-dry to save water
  • Water reuse after treatment projects (water from bottle rinsing and final rinsing water from cleaning&disinfection processes)
  • Extending the frequency of backwashing in water treatment filter systems
  • Optimization of cleaning and disinfection processes, counting every drop
  • Conducting regular water leak checks/ repairs.

Our carbon reduction story

 

We take multiple measures to minimise CO2 emissions.

Implementation of energy efficient projects in production:

  • energy monitoring system
  • buying 100% electrical energy used in plants from certified renewable sources
  • using cogeneration of energy, cold, heat and CO2 used in product from gas 
  • carrying out regular insulation checks / replacements
  • conducting regular air leak checks (compressed air systems)
  • Introduction of new generation, energy efficient Cold Drink equipment in the market with a lower carbon footprint. New models also contain environmentally friendly refrigerant agents - Hydrocarbon and CO2.
  • Investing in energy efficient lighting
  • Investing in a modern fleet (Sales and Management cars) with the lowest-possible emission levels.
  • Reducing CO2 emissions associated with the third  party fleet due to more optimised routes to market.

Our waste reduction story

 

We gradually reduce the amount of waste generated via different initiatives:

  • Introducing bottles with a reduced weight and shorter bottle necks. That way the weight of bottles was reduced by ca 10%.
  • Optimising secondary packaging materials (usage of shrink and stretch film).
  • Removing cardboard layer pads from our pallets

Coca‑Cola HBC makes CDP’s Global Climate 'A' list

CDP is the only global disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts and for investors or purchasers to access environmental information for use in financial decisions. Its Climate A List comprises those companies from around the world that have been identified as leading in their efforts and actions to combat climate change in the past year.


Sustainable packaging

Sustainable packaging is central to our sustainability culture and mindset.

We minimise the environmental impacts of our packaging following our 3 Rs principle: Reduce, Recover & Re-Use. This approach has made a significant difference to our use of primary packaging material and our impact on the environment.

We continue to identify and capture incremental opportunities for packaging optimisation, driving innovation, our CSR agenda and ultimately cost reduction.

The 2019 Dow Jones Sustainability Index – a leading global benchmark for sustainability in business – has rated Coca‑Cola HBC Europe’s most sustainable beverage company. This is the 6th time in 7 years that the company has been ranked number 1 in the index and the 9th year in a row that it has been ranked in the top three Global and European beverage companies.

Plastic packaging

 

PET plastic bottles represent our largest primary packaging type, with the highest number of servings sold. Coca‑Cola HBC Poland and Baltics  is committed to minimising the packaging used throughout our supply chain as well as reducing waste.

Since November 2014, Coca‑Cola HBC Baltics has introduced bottles with reduced weight & shorter bottle necks, along with a new bottle cap. This innovation has helped us achieve an average package weight reduction by ca 10 percent.

Some other actions we have taken to reduce our packaging include:

  • We have reduced the amount of shrink wrap used around each pallet and light-weighted the amount of plastic used to wrap each case.
  • We have removed cardboard pads from finished product cases.