Leading up to and during the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP21) climate negotiations in Paris, which occurs Nov. 30 through Dec. 11, The Coca-Cola Company will publish articles covering topics across our business related to climate and provide updates of our participation in events connected to the climate negotiations.
As the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP21) climate negotiations in Paris is fast approaching, global food and beverage companies are uniting with a pledge to accelerate business action on climate change and also urging governments to forge a robust, fair international climate agreement. Food and beverage company chief executive officers signed a joint letter to world leaders calling for swift and decisive action during the climate negotiations this December.
“Climate change is bad for farmers and agriculture. Drought, flooding, and hotter growing conditions threaten the world’s food supply and contribute to food insecurity,” states the Ceres-coordinated letter. “As world leaders convene in Paris you will have an opportunity to take action on climate change that could significantly change our world for the better.”
When governments from more than 190 nations meet at COP21, they will discuss a potential new global agreement to keep global warming below the 2°C threshold. Companies recognize they have a role to play in helping address climate change but also understand collective action is necessary to truly make a difference.
Coca-Cola is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across its entire value chain by making comprehensive changes in manufacturing processes, packaging formats, delivery fleet, refrigeration equipment and ingredient sourcing—all contributing to an ambitious goal to reduce the carbon footprint of the “drink in your hand” by 25 percent by 2020.
“At Coca-Cola, we are deeply committed to doing our part to address our collective environmental challenges and responsibly manage the planet’s resources,” said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company. “As we face a resource-stressed world with growing global demands on food and water, we must seek solutions that drive mutual benefit for business, communities and nature. Companies who successfully balance social, environmental and economic values will create the golden triangle and hence be sustainably successful in the 21st century."