Climate change is a profound challenge and we are partnering with other businesses, civil society organizations, and governments to support cooperative action on this critical issue.

We also recognize climate change may have long-term direct and indirect implications for our business and supply chain. And, it could affect water resources, negatively impacting availability and quality in certain regions. With water being critical to our business, the effects of climate change on this important natural resource are of special concern.

In 2013, we set a goal to reduce the carbon footprint of the Coca-Cola “drink in your hand” by 25 percent by 2020 against a 2010 baseline. Meeting this goal will require us to reduce emissions across our operations and supply chain. Through innovation and collaboration, we are working to reduce emissions across our manufacturing as well as emissions associated with growing our ingredients, producing our packaging, and distributing and refrigerating our products.

Working to Achieve the “Drink in Your Hand” Goal

In 2016, it is estimated we reduced the CO2 embedded in the Coca-Cola “drink in your hand” by 14 percent* below 2010 levels, which puts us on track to potentially meeting our 2020 goal. Contributing to our 2016 progress was a 2 percent improvement in energy efficiency within our manufacturing operations, which represents a 24 percent improvement compared to a 2004 baseline.** We estimate that energy efficiency initiatives since 2004 have saved our global system more than $1 billion.

Also contributing to 2016 progress was the distribution of more than 12 billion PlantBottle™ packages, which have a lower material carbon footprint than virgin PET, as well as the placement of 623,160 units of HFC-free refrigeration equipment. These placements mean 61 percent of all coolers introduced in 2016 were HFC-free, contributing to a total of 2.5 million pieces of HFC-free cooling equipment that have been introduced since 2009. We are also making steady progress in reducing the emissions of our system’s global fleet of trucks, cars and other vehicles, which emitted an estimated 2.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2016.

Our “Sustainable Packaging” and “Sustainable Agriculture” programs both experienced positive movement and challenges. Read more about packaging and recycling here and sourcing here.

Experiencing Success and Challenges in Manufacturing

When it comes to manufacturing, we’ve realized progress but also faced obstacles. In 2016, emissions from our manufacturing operations in developed countries were 21 percent below our 2004 baseline. However, total emissions stand 13 percent higher than our 2004 baseline. Our global manufacturing emissions in 2016 were an estimated 5.4 million metric tons, compared to 5.5 million metric tons in 2015. While we attribute some of this change to have come from minor methodological and process changes internally, we expect that our emissions reduction activities at manufacturing facilities contributed approximately 110,000 metric tons of reduction.

Contributing factors to our manufacturing goal being off track include volume growth outpacing emissions ratio improvements and insourcing of external manufacturing processes. We continue to focus on decreasing emissions in developing countries to support reducing our total manufacturing emissions across our more than 800 plants in more than 200 countries.

Advancing Renewable Energy

Across our entire Coca-Cola system, we’re working to advance our investments in renewable energy. We created a Clean Energy Toolkit to help our local teams make informed decisions on potential investment opportunities, and we have been working locally in several markets to embrace renewable energy initiatives. At end of 2016, the Coca-Cola system had 81 operational renewable energy projects in 25 countries and is actively pursuing 50 additional projects. Of the projects, the majority is solar at 43 percent; however, while representing only 7 percent of projects, wind produces the highest total renewable energy capacity at 37 percent. The remaining projects are biomass or biogas and natural gas cogeneration and fuel cells.

"At end of 2016, the Coca-Cola system had 81 operational renewable energy projects in 25 countries and is actively pursuing 50 additional projects."

Several of our bottling partners have their own renewable energy commitments:

  • Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) committed to sourcing 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. In 2016, 75 percent of CCEP’s purchased electricity came from renewable sources, and approximately 42 percent of the energy used in its manufacturing and non-manufacturing sites came from renewable or low-carbon energy sources.  
  • Coca-Cola FEMSA in Mexico is aiming for 85 percent renewable electricity for manufacturing by 2020, and has already achieved 46 percent as of the end of 2016.
  • Hindustan Coca-Cola Bottling in India has a renewable energy goal of 40 percent by 2020, and has achieved 39 percent as of the end of 2016.
  • Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company has committed to getting 40 percent of their total energy use from renewable and clean energy sources by 2020, and has already reached 27 percent by as of the end of 2016.

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