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 sales volume). Between 2005 and the end of 2013, we balanced an estimated 68 percent of the water used in our finished beverages based on 2013 sales volume, for a total of 108.5 billion liters 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 (SVA) conducted by our bottling plants. 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 benefited more than 1.9 million people. Our bottling partners’ SVAs and source water protection plans (SWPP) 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,
Goal: By 2020, improve water efficiency in manufacturing operations by 25 percent compared with a 2010 baseline. Progress: We have improved our water efficiency 8 percent since 2010. We met our initial goal to improve water efficiency by 20 percent from 2004 to 2012, with a 21.4 percent improvement. Our systemwide water efficiency has improved for 11 straight years. In 2013, we used 2.08 liters of water per 1 liter of product produced. This is an 8 percent improvement since 2010, keeping us on track to achieve our ultimate goal of 1.7 liters of water used per liter of product by 2020. We met our initial goal to improve water efficiency by 20 percent from 2004 to 2012, with a 21.4 percent improvement.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
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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: On-track. We have been implementing source water protection plans and vulnerability assessments in all facilities globally. In 2013, we transitioned reporting and management of our risk management programs to our systemwide database to facilitate a more streamlined tracking and reporting process. As a result of this transition, our latest available status reflects progress as of the end of 2012, where 91 percent—788 of 863 bottling plants—have completed source vulnerability assessments (SVA) and developed source water protection plans (SWPP). Implementation of SWPP remains a priority and will receive enhanced governance with our new systemwide database. 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 and groundwater basin.A review of available water quality data and known current and historical water quality issues.A “conceptual hydrologic model” for the watershed and groundwater basin. Models include a water
Wastewater treatment
Goal: Return to the environment—at a level that supports aquatic life—the equivalent of the amount of water we use in our system operations through comprehensive wastewater treatment. Progress: On track. 99 percent compliance alignment with our wastewater treatment standards. We continue to strive for full compliance with our stringent guidelines in existing facilities and as new facilities are constructed or join our system through acquisitions. Additionally, we are maturing our governance and technical support programs for wastewater toward a performance-based model that focuses on further optimizing efficiency and improving the quality of water we discharge to the environment. Some areas of the world are stressed with conflict and other national challenges that are currently preventing our local operations from investing in the needed resources to meet this goal. While a very limited number, we are working with these facilities to support them and to help ensure they are aligned in the future as conditions allow. 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
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