Our Water Goals

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Goal: By 2020, safely return to communities and nature an amount of water equal to what we use in our finished beverages and their production. Progress: On track. We estimate we have balanced 68 percent1 (108.5 billion liters) of the water used in our finished beverages (based on 2013 production volume). Between 2005 and the end of 2013, we balanced an estimated 68 percent1 of the water used in our finished beverages based on 2013 production volume, for a total of 108.5 billion litres of water replenished to communities and nature. We are working toward water balance through diverse, locally-focused community water projects that often grow out of the source water vulnerability assessments conducted by our bottling plants (see above). The projects we engage in typically have at least one of four objectives: to improve access to water and sanitation;to protect watersheds;to provide water for productive use; and/orto educate and raise awareness about water issues, including engagement on water policy.In many cases, projects also help improve local livelihoods, help communities adapt to climate change, improve water quality and enhance biodiversity. Since 2005, we have engaged in 509 projects with partners such as WWF, USAID, The Nature Conservancy, Water for People, UN-HABITAT, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). To date, our initiatives for improving water access and sanitation alone are estimated to have benefitted more than 1.9 million people. Our bottling partners’ SVAs and SWPPs provide opportunities to link our replenish actions to watersheds and communities where we operate.  For example, the SVA for one bottling plant identified rising nutrient concentrations in the local watershed, which provided both source water for our manufacturing plant and an important eco-tourism attraction and recreational amenity for the local community. Through the SVA and SWPP processes, we were able to raise concern over water quality, rally the local
Goal: By 2020, improve water efficiency in manufacturing operations by 25 percent compared with a 2010 baseline. Progress: We have improved our water efficiency 5.9 percent since 2010 and 21.4 percent since 2004. We have made steady progress in improving our water efficiency, which we define as the amount of water we use per liter of product. Between 2004 and 2011, we met our initial goal of improving water efficiency system-wide by 20 percent compared to a 2004 baseline. Our new goal is to improve efficiency by 25 percent over our 2010 water use ratio of 2.26 liters of water used per liter of product produced.Understanding our water footprint Water footprinting—an approach to assess the total volume of water used to produce a product—is helping us extend our view of how we use water across our supply chain. Our studies have shown that around 80 percent of the total water footprint of our products comes from our agricultural supply chain. As a founding partner of the Water Footprint Network, we have worked with WWF, Conservation International and others to assess the water embedded in our product ingredients so we can better understand the implications for our business, and work to reduce impacts. In collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, in 2010, we issued a report, Product Water Footprint Assessments: Practical Application in Corporate Water Stewardship, exploring the utility and practical application of the water footprint methodology for understanding our water use throughout the value chain, and for identifying the impacts of that use and associated response actions.  Water footprint studies were conducted related to the following Coca-Cola products and ingredients: Coca-Cola® in a 0.5 liter PET bottle produced in the Netherlands;Beet sugar supplied to Coca-Cola Europe’s bottling plants; andOrange juice produced for the North American market. The largest portion of the product water footprints assessed as part of these studies came from the
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Goal: Assess the vulnerabilities of the quality and quantity of water sources for each of our system’s bottling plants and begin implementing a locally relevant source water protection program by the end of 2012. Progress: In progress. By the end of 2012, 788 of the 863 bottling plants in our system (91%) had completed source vulnerability assessments and 587 plants had begun implementation of source water protection plans. Work on this goal began in 2008. Due to challenges in obtaining data, ongoing discussions with stakeholders and the sheer volume of work required, some plants have not yet met our goal. We expect all plants to have source water protection programs in place by the end of 2013.  To mitigate water-related risks to our system and to the communities we serve, we have required every one of our system’s 863 bottling plants to conduct a local source vulnerability assessment, or SVA. We also require a water source sustainability assessment as part of the due diligence process when we acquire land for a new plant or purchase a business with existing manufacturing plants. These assessments inventory the social, environmental and political risks to the water sources supplying our facilities and the surrounding communities. SVAs include the following elements, among others: A description of the physical water resource system from the water source(s) to the facility’s water treatment system, including groundwater, surface water, and ocean water.An inventory of water resource management agencies and their policies, regulations, planning priorities, and enforcement activities.An inventory of relevant stakeholders, including communities, water providers, regulatory agencies, NGOs, labor and trade organizations, learning institutions, political entities and others.Maps showing the areal extent of the local watershed and surface water system.Basic descriptions of the local hydrogeology and groundwater resources, and a map of the local groundwater resources
Wastewater treatment
Goal: By the end of 2010, return to the environment—at a level that supports aquatic life—the water we use in our system operations through comprehensive wastewater treatment. Progress: In progress. We aspire to treat all wastewater from our manufacturing processes. As of the end of 2012, we had achieved 98 percent alignment with our wastewater treatment standards. We reduce our impact on water systems and contribute to improved water quality by treating wastewater before returning it to the environment. Our stringent treatment process ensures that the wastewater we discharge meets, and in many cases exceeds, standards set by local regulations. (In some countries, we have introduced the very first wastewater treatment facility.) In 2012, our system released approximately 160 billion liters of treated wastewater. In 2006, we set the goal that, by the end of 2010, all water used in our system operations would be discharged at a level that supports aquatic life. We identified that level through a three-part process: We identified what was in our wastewater by analyzing several samples of untreated wastewater from different operations across our system.Working with experts from outside our system, we evaluated aquatic toxicology science to determine how varying concentrations of certain water quality parameters (acidity, alkalinity, BOD, etc.) affect aquatic life.We reviewed wastewater regulations from around the world to see how governments were addressing those same parameters. We then combined all of our information to arrive at the maximum allowable concentrations for each parameter. Our internal wastewater treatment standards call for all water we discharge to be treated to those levels. (please see the chart below.)To date, 99 percent of our Company-owned plants are compliant with our wastewater treatment standards and either fully treat wastewater on site or use a municipal or government-approved wastewater treatment plant with secondary treatment. Our plant
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