We want to grow responsibly: minimising our environmental impact is a core target for us.
For us, respect for the environment is a key pillar for sustainable growth. Therefore we constantly work to minimise our environmental impact across the entire production life cycle, where this is technically possible and consistent with our high quality standards.
Water is the primary ingredient for our production process, and a necessary resource for our activities. Aware of the importance of using water resources responsibly, Coca‑Cola HBC Italia has undertaken to limit its impact on river basins. We collaborate with suppliers, involving local communities, to raise awareness of protecting water resources.
We set up an improvement plan for our use of water for the period 2016-2020, introducing a new approach to evaluating our environmental impact which calculates the real cost of water (including treatment, maintenance, etc.) in estimating our investment
We are committed to minimising our energy consumption and the total impact of our emissions. In an open dialogue with suppliers, we seek to minimise CO2 emissions across the entire production chain, from the production of raw materials to management of cooling equipment on the market.
As a result of our commitment to developing and implementing renewable energy sources, we have introduced photovoltaic systems at the plants in Nogara, Oricola and Marcianise. What's more, the choice of the industrial cogeneration service at our soft drinks manufacturing plants has resulted in reduced supply costs and emissions, increasing energy efficiency and saving primary energy.
Greenhouse gas emissions
Coca‑Cola HBC Italia is aware of the effects caused by greenhouse gas emissions and that an energy policy geared to the search for efficiency could mitigate them. We continuously work to promote sustainable packaging and search for sizes and materials capable of optimising and reducing the environmental impact of our product packaging, both during the production process and after use by consumers.
Coca‑Cola HBC Italia controls its processes to constantly monitor the use of raw and auxiliary materials in each of our production facilities.
We work to improve in five key areas:
- Reducing and optimizing the weight and volume of packaging
- Optimizing pallets
- Using recycled materials, where technically possible, for packaging and recyclable beverage containers
- Encouraging consumers to properly dispose of packaging after consuming our products by raising awareness around the separate collection of packaging materials and advising against leaving litter
- Supporting fair initiatives and stimulating innovative packaging solutions in a closed cycle
Refrigeration is one of the largest sources of global carbon emissions, due to the high global-warming potential of hydro fluorocarbons (HFCs). Making refrigeration more sustainable is the greatest commitment of Coca‑Cola HBC Italia in this field.
Our Group has made significant investments to introduce equipment without hydro fluorocarbons as CO2refrigerants, purchasing new equipment that avoids 99 percent of direct emissions as a first step to achieving this goal.
Another area of action concerns the selection of suppliers. Each supplier is obliged to respect the “Specifications for the provision of primary transport”, a document which is an integral part of the contract of carriag and that includes the request to use vehicles that, at a minimum, meet the EURO IV standard. Furthermore, as part of the selection process, we also evaluate the energy sources our suppliers use and the energy consumption plans they adopt.
Storage and distribution are an essential part of our activities. Our efforts in the fields of logistics innovation and optimisation of distribution networks and routes are significant and long-lasting, while still guaranteeing high quality product delivery standards for our customers.
We have redesigned the production and distribution network, both in terms of customer location and to better implement the sales department’s strategies. Our investment in the distribution network has had tangible benefits in reducing kilometres travelled. We have also undertaken a reassessment of the supply base to favour partners capable of offering product storage and delivery that optimises distances travelled and consolidates cargo.
To reduce our environmental impact, we have also implemented a strategy favouring rail transport over road transport, particularly for mineral water due to the location of the production sites.