Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) has announced that its mineral water bottling plant in Chaudfontaine, Belgium has been certified carbon neutral.
This is the third CCEP site in Europe to be certified after its facilities in Jordbro in Sweden and Vilas del Turbón in Spain were declared carbon neutral last year.
CCEP Net Zero ambitions
CCEP aims to certify at least eight carbon neutral sites to the international PAS 2060 standard by the end of 2023.
This program is critical to CCEP’s goals of reaching net zero by 2040 and reducing GHG emissions across its entire value chain by 30% by 2030 (compared to 2019).
This goal focuses first on reducing its own value chain emissions before investing in verified carbon offset projects, prioritizing those that remove carbon from the atmosphere, to eliminate all emissions remaining, SARAC noted.
José Antonio Echeverría, Customer Service and Supply Chain Manager at CCEP, said: “We are making significant progress in reducing emissions throughout our value chain and it is great to see another of our sites become certified carbon neutral.
“This is an important step that helps us move closer to our net zero emissions ambition and drive long-term change in our environmental impact,”
Emission reduction action
The Chaudfontaine site has been using 100% renewable electricity and geothermal heating since 2018, which uses natural heat from the Chaudfontaine mineral water source to heat the buildings of the bottling workshop.
These changes have resulted in a 65% decrease in fuel energy consumption since 2006, the company noted.
To offset the remaining emissions at Chaufontaine, CCEP purchased Gold Standard certified carbon credits from a reforestation project in Orinoco, Colombia.
This carbon sequestration project will support an area of savannah that has been damaged by agricultural activity through reforestation and restoration of its ecosystem, CCEP added.
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