With the help of Ecos Business Solutions, Coca-Cola is sharing what it has learned through its own sustainability efforts with restaurant customers to encourage more sustainable business practices. Part of the effort includes an online Sustainability Resource Center hosted on Coca-Cola’s customer partner site.
Ecos provided no-cost/low-cost solutions for becoming more sustainable, as well as educational resources and an online assessment tool. The company also introduced its new “Restaurant Solutions” to Coca-Cola customers, which consists of three tiers of services ranging from education and benchmarking to full audits and multi-year action plans. These services focus on making operations more sustainable in the areas of energy, water, packaging and facilities.
These efforts are based on the Ecos and Coca-Cola partnership in 2008 to help The Holland Inc., a Northwest restaurant company, implement energy- and water-saving initiatives at its Burgerville restaurants. The success story is touted in a video found here.
Building on its sustainability efforts, Coca-Cola recently released a study on how packaging accounts for 30-70 percent of the drink’s carbon footprint. The company’s carbon footprint reduction initiatives include the addition of energy-efficient coolers, LED lighting in warehouses, wind turbine installations in Wakefield, England, and solar panels at a California distribution center.
The beverage company also added 185 hybrid trucks to its fleet, boosting the total number to 327, and announced the completion of lighting retrofits at its California facilities, which will save 5.6 million kilowatt-hours annually.
In May of 2008, the Green Restaurant Association partnered with PepsiCo on a sustainability initiative for restaurants.