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The context

Climate change caused by man-made greenhouse gas emissions, is one of the greatest threats to our planet. We recognize that we have a role to play in growing a low-carbon business, not just within our own four walls, but across our entire value chain. 

We’re making a bold commitment: by 2020, the carbon footprint of the drink in your hand will be one third less than it was in 2007.

Infographic displays the CCE supply chain and estimated percentages of CCE value chain emmissions

Our strategy

We have committed to an average carbon footprint reduction across all of our products, in all packaging formats, across the complete value chain. 

What does that mean? It’s about purchasing sustainable ingredients and considering how our packaging is made, how our drinks are bottled, the way they are transported, how they are chilled and the way they are disposed of after our consumers have enjoyed them.  

It’s a comprehensive approach, looking at our business in a more rigorous way and reducing impact at every step. We have set strong targets to keep us on track and collaboration with our suppliers is key to achieving the carbon reductions we need.

Our targets

  • Carbon footprint

    Reduce the carbon footprint of the drink in your hand by a third by 2020

  • Carbon footprint – Core Business

    Grow our business, but reduce the absolute carbon footprint of business operations by 15% by 2020

  • Manufacturing

    Manufacture every litre of product with 50% less carbon emissions by 2020

  • Transportation

    Deliver a case of product with 20% less carbon emissions by 2020

  • Cold Drinks Equipment

    Reduce the carbon emissions from our cold drinks equipment by an average of 35% by 2014

  • Cold Drinks Equipment

    Purchase only HFC free coolers from 1st January 2013

  • Alternative Energy

    Source 35% of manufacturing energy from renewable/ low-carbon sources by 2020

  • Supplier Collaboration

    Work in partnership with our suppliers to reduce carbon emissions across each stage of our value chain


We are looking beyond our own four walls, working to reduce the carbon footprint of our business operations and across our value chain. Driving innovation, technology and collaboration is core to our approach both in our manufacturing, distribution and refrigeration equipment and with our suppliers.

Reducing Emissions from Manufacturing

Our new target is to halve the carbon emissions involved in making a liter of product between 2007 and 2020. 

In our facilities, we are focused on energy-efficiency, monitoring and managing the energy we use, developing best practices and investing in new and improved energy-efficient equipment. We have continued to invest in innovation,  installing new energy-efficient production lines, company-wide bottle blower upgrades and have piloted the energy management standard 50001, at Wakefield and East Kilbride in Great Britain, Dunkerque in France, and Chaudfontaine in Belgium.

We’ve also set a target of sourcing 35% of the energy we use from renewable or low-carbon sources by 2020. We already have several projects in place, including solar photovoltaic panels and biomass district heating and are planning to expand this further through technologies such as combined heat and power (CHP) and turning waste heat into energy.

Since 2010, we have switched from purchasing open-fronted units that use a lot of energy, to new coolers with a capacity of over 250 litres, which come with energy management devices. We can also specify low-energy LED lighting or no lighting as per customer requests. Where possible, new purchases come with Electronically Commutated fans and motors, which can also be retrofitted at customers’ premises.

Reducing Emissions from Transportation and Cold Drinks Equipment

We believe, operating the most efficient and effective distribution network is key to a low-carbon future. We produce and distribute our products locally, reducing the need to transport. We also work with our customers and suppliers to combine deliveries and have adopted alternative vehicle technologies such as Eco-Combi in the Netherlands.

We have been working to make our coolers and vending machines more efficient. We are fitting energy management devices in our coolers – smart devices which optimize usage and can reduce the energy consumed by up to 35%. We have also been replacing fluorescent lights with LEDs – making them 80% more efficient; and we have retro-fitted over doors on over 60% of our open-fronted coolers, reducing the emissions from each cooler by around 50%

Reducing Emissions Across our Value Chain

Emissions outside of our core business operations account for nearly 70% of our total value chain carbon footprint. 

We recently challenged each of our suppliers to measure their own carbon footprints and work with us to develop carbon reduction plans. Through wider and deeper collaboration with suppliers, customers and others, we intend to be a catalyst for change throughout the chain.

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