Our Water Strategy

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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 to have balanced 94 percent (153.6 billion liters) of the water used in our finished beverages (based on 2014 sales volume). Based on this performance, we believe we will meet this goal by the end of 2015. In 2007, our system (the Company and our bottling partners) set an aspirational goal to safely return to communities and nature an amount of water equivalent to what is used in our beverages and their production by 2020. Between 2005 and the end of 2014, we balanced an estimated 94 percent of the water used in our finished beverages based on 2014 sales volume, for a total of 153.6 billion liters of water replenished to communities and nature. We also refer to replenish as achieving ‘water balance.’ We are working toward water balance through diverse, locally focused community water projects that often grow out of the source water vulnerability assessments (SVA) conducted for each of our bottling plants. Those plans are built with the local community and often the projects we support are with local governments and other respected third-party partners. Pursuing these synergies among our source water protection and replenish programs enable us to identify and implement projects that support the sustainability of local watersheds and communities while mitigating risks to our business. The projects we engage in typically have at least one of four objectives: to improve safe 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 more than 500 projects in more than 100 countries
Goal: By 2020, improve water efficiency in manufacturing operations by 25% compared with a 2010 baseline. Progress: In 2014, we improved our water efficiency 2%, for a total improvement of 10% since 2010. This progress builds on the 21.4% efficiency improvements achieved from our initial water efficiency goal from 2004 to 2012. Our systemwide water efficiency has improved for 12 straight years. When we started this journey in 2004, we were using 2.7 liters of water to make 1 liter of product. That means that 1 liter of water is in the product and another 1.7 liters is used in the manufacturing process, mostly for keeping equipment clean.  Today, we’re using 2.03 liters of water to make 1 liter of product and we’re working to reduce it to 1.7 liters of water per liter of product (a 25% improvement) by 2020. But what does that mean? In 2014, we used about 305 billion liters of water to produce approximately 162.6 billion liters of product (Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite, Fanta, orange and other juices, tea drinks, Dasani, Kinley, Burn, Fuze, etc.) that we sold to consumers in 207 countries and territories around the world. That means 162.6 billion liters of water goes into our products and ultimately gets consumed. And we used 142.8 billion liters of water in our manufacturing process to make that 162.6 billion liters of product.1 So, that’s the definition of water efficiency – how much water it takes to make our product. Our 2020 goal is aggressive and builds on the 21.4% water efficiency improvement we’ve made since 2004 (the 2.7 improving to 2.03). The good news is that we’re on track to meet our goal, and in many parts of the world, we’re ahead of schedule. In fact, in the US, Mexico, South Pacific, Western Europe, and Turkey, we have bottling plants that are already using 1.7 liters of water, or less, to make a liter of product. Our progress on water efficiency places us among the leading companies in the beverage industry according to a recent
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It’s no secret that our bottling plants use water to make our beverages. And the water that we use is drawn from local water sources that we share with others because we make our beverages in the communities where we operate. So, in order to source that water responsibly and manage the risks for our business and communities, we need to have a clear understanding of where the water comes from, the availability of water supplies for a given community, current or future stress on the water supply, and how and where we’re giving the water back to a community. Several years ago, we set a systemwide goal to ­put a formalized process in place to responsibly manage the risk of our water use across our Company and bottling partner owned operations. This process has moved from a goal to a standard operating procedure adopted by the Coca-Cola system. Across more than 200 countries, we have worked to assess the vulnerabilities of the quality and quantity of water sources for each of our system’s 863 bottling plants. Through these Source Vulnerability Assessments (we refer to them as SVAs), we’ve determined the available water supply and necessary steps for operating in and helping protect the water sources of the communities where our bottling plants are located. We have a similar requirement in siting new plants or when we acquire a new business.  This due diligence process evaluates the availability and sustainability of water supplies for the intended manufacturing and surrounding community. Once an SVA is complete, the plant then develops a Source Water Protection Plan (SWPP).  Most of our facilities have started to implement locally relevant SWPPs that detail specific risk-mitigation actions to address the vulnerabilities identified by the SVAs and deadlines for completing them. When developing and implementing a SWPP, in most locations we engage the community, local government, civil society and other businesses to look for ways to collaborate. We believe
Wastewater treatment
Our water replenishment strategy is twofold: 1. Returning to nature and communities the water in our beverages through water projects outside our manufacturing plant boundaries, and 2. Returning the water we use to make our beverages back to a community after we've treated it. The manufacturing community calls the latter, wastewater. So, we refer to our processing, cleaning and returning that water back to communities and nature as our wastewater management program. The majority of the water we source to make our beverages is from established municipal systems (the same as a person getting water out of the tap at their home) or from other sources like rivers, reservoirs, wells, aquifers, etc. – each governed by local authorities and stringent, internal requirements. The water that does not go into our beverages but is instead used in our manufacturing process (approximately 1.03 liters per liter of product produced in 2014) is treated to our comprehensive global quality standards and then returned to nature and municipalities. We set an industry leading systemwide goal to require all of our plants to implement strict standards to treat and return the water we use in our manufacturing process back to nature at a level that supports aquatic life, even when not required or requested by local governments and communities. In many cases, this goal drove our bottling plants to adopt processes and technology for comprehensive wastewater treatment within our facilities – a sizeable commitment and investment of approximately $1 billion across our system. This intense focus has moved wastewater treatment from a goal to a standard operating requirement adopted by the Coca-Cola system. To date, all 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. All but one of our plants in the Coca-Cola system are
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