Climate Protection

Lights Out! 5 Ways to Participate in Earth Hour This Weekend

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People around the world will show their care and concern for the environment this weekend by turning out non-essential lights for one hour to demonstrate the collective action required to protect the earth from the consequences of climate change. Homes, businesses and even some major landmarks in a record 178 countries went dark last year. Earth Hour 2017 will be on the evening of Saturday, March 25, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time, and organizers

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10 Years of Switching Off: How Earth Hour Became a Global Movement

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Note: This story originally published on Coca-Cola Journey Great Britain. This year is Earth Hour’s 10th anniversary. To celebrate, we’ve put together a timeline showing how Earth Hour has grown over the past decade, and what made each year special in the UK. On March 31, 2007 at 7:30pm local time, more than 2 million people switched off their lights for one hour in Sydney, Australia. With the flick of a few million switches, Earth Hour began.

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Full Circle: How Coca-Cola is Embracing the Circular Economy in Germany

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GENSHAGEN, GERMANY -- Ninety-nine percent. It's a statistic Karolin Övünc is especially proud of, and for good reason. She points to a board hanging above containers filled with reusable materials that reads: “Everything has value.” Coca-Cola has been producing beverages at Genshagen near Berlin in the district of Teltow-Fläming, since 1998. The plant is one of the most modern in Germany, and one of the most efficient in the world when it comes to

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Collaborating and Moving Forward

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To reduce CO2 emissions of "the drink in your hand" by 25 percent, Coca-Cola is working to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions across our value chain, making comprehensive carbon footprint reductions across manufacturing processes, packaging formats, delivery fleet, refrigeration equipment and ingredient sourcing. Collaborating to Curb Emissions While Coca-Cola is dedicated to curbing our own emissions, we’re also committed to encouraging

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Cooling Equipment: Pushing Forward with HFC-Free

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Goal: As of 2020*, all new cold-drink equipment will be HFC-free. Progress: Off track. In 2015, we placed approximately 493,902 units of HFC-free equipment (approximately 44 percent of new equipment purchases), bringing our global total to more than 1.8 million units.     Refrigeration is the single biggest estimated source of our system’s carbon emissions footprint, so we are working to improve the environmental performance of

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Emissions in Developed Countries

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Goal: By 2015, reduce emissions from our manufacturing operations in developed countries by 5 percent compared to our 2004 baseline. Progress: Achieved. In 2015, emissions were 14 percent below our 2004 baseline.     Coca-Cola achieved our 5 percent reduction in developed countries goal by 2015, with emissions 14 percent below the 2004 baseline. We are continuing to work with our bottling partners on the “Top 10 Energy Saving

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An Ambitious Goal: Reducing Carbon in Our Value Chain

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Goal: Reduce the carbon footprint of "the drink in your hand” by 25 percent by 2020. Progress: Progress: In 2015, the Coca-Cola system is estimated to have reduced the CO2 embedded in the “drink in your hand” by 13 percent*. Contributing to this 2015 progress was a 2 percent improvement in manufacturing operations’ energy efficiency, the distribution of 8.7 billion PlantBottle™ packages, and the placement of 493,902 units of HFC-free refrigeration

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Manufacturing Emissions

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Goal: Grow our business but not our system-wide carbon emissions from manufacturing operations through 2015 compared with a 2004 baseline. Progress: Off Track.  Total emissions increased 1 percent compared to 2014, and stand 16 percent higher than our 2004 baseline. Our global manufacturing emissions in 2015 were an estimated 5.58 million metric tons, 20 percent lower than the business-as-usual forecast, which refers to what they would have

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Earth Hour 2016: Turn Up Climate Change Awareness and Action by Turning Off the Lights

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This Saturday, March 19, at 8:30 p.m. local time, millions of people around the world will celebrate the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-initiated Earth Hour by turning off their lights for one hour. Participating in Earth Hour is a visible, symbolic action to encourage everyone to make more environmentally responsible choices beyond the event hour and promote climate awareness. For WWF and other participating organizations, it is also an opportunity to

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Coca-Cola Installs 1 Millionth HFC-Free Cooler Globally, Preventing 5.25MM Metrics Tons of CO2

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NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2014 – The Coca-Cola Company today announced that it has installed its 1 millionth hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-free cooler using natural refrigerant in the marketplace, preventing the emission of 5.25 million metric tons of CO2 over 10 years.  This milestone marks significant progress in the Company’s effort to phase out the use of HFC refrigerant—a well-known contributor to climate change—in Coca-Cola dispensers, vending machines

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