Leading up to and during the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP21) climate negotiations in Paris, which occur Nov. 30 through Dec. 11,
As thousands of people have traveled the “Road to Paris” for COP21,
Coca-Cola is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions across our entire value chain by making comprehensive changes in manufacturing processes, packaging formats, delivery fleet, refrigeration equipment and ingredient sourcing. As part of the work to reduce our carbon footprint, we’re aiming to reduce the greenhouse emissions of our distribution trucking fleet, the source of about 4 percent of value chain emissions.
Our global system fleet, which includes trucks operated by the company and our bottling partners, emitted an estimated 3.7 million metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2014—a more than 15 percent decrease from our 4.4 million metric tons of fleet emissions in 2013.
A small but growing proportion of
By converting braking energy into supplementary electrical power, these vehicles typically reduce carbon emissions by a third and use less fuel. We’re committed to energy-efficient improvements across our system. Many of the changes we’re making are not only good for the planet but for our business as well.
In 2013, we announced the rollout of 16 first-of-its-kind refrigerated plug-in electric vehicles. These trucks deliver the company's Odwalla® brand beverages in the San Francisco Bay Area. We also began converting newly purchased service vans in the United States to hybrids, with 211 transformed to date and 70 more planned for 2015 deployment.
Converting to hybrids is helping us improve fuel consumption efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, and at the same time providing upfront savings and reducing maintenance costs, which translate to better management of cost of goods sold. The duel-side benefits are appealing to companies that want to be both responsible environmental stewards and business smart.
Smart fleet moves are being implemented around the world by
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