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Coca-Cola Enterprises To Cut Carbon Footprint 15%

cocacolacarbonfootprintCoca-Cola Enterprises has committed to reducing its carbon footprint by 15 percent by 2020 as part of its “Commitment 2020.” This move is expected o lower the beverage company’s net emissions to 5.2 million metric tons The company also set goals for its five strategic corporate responsibility and sustainability (CRS) focus areas.

CCE’s Commitment 2020 goals for its five strategic CRS focus areas include the following:

-Energy Conservation/Climate Change: Reduce the overall carbon footprint of its business operations by 15 percent by 2020, as compared to our 2007 baseline.

-Water Stewardship: Establish a water-sustainable operation to minimize water use and have a water-neutral impact on the local communities.

-Sustainable Packaging/Recycling: Reduce the impact of its packaging; maximize the use of renewable, reusable, and recyclable resources; and recover the equivalent of 100 percent of its packaging.

-Product Portfolio/Well-Being: Provide refreshing beverages for every lifestyle and occasion, while helping consumers make informed beverage choices.

-Diverse and Inclusive Culture: Create a culture where diversity is valued, and every employee is a respected member of the team.

Key environmental highlights from the company’s fourth CRS report include the following:

-CCE’s efforts to measure and reduce its carbon footprint have resulted in a seven percent reduction in energy use from 2006 to 2008.

-Created the first certified product carbon footprint of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero and Oasis in Great Britain and Dasani in the United States.

-Saved 301 million liters of water through water efficiency initiatives, further reducing the company’s water use ratio from 1.82 to 1.73 liters of water to produce one liter of product in the last three years.

-Recovered and reused approximately 125,000 metric tons of packaging materials through internal programs and Coca-Cola Recycling’s work to increase opportunities for consumer recycling in the marketplace and at large-scale events.

-Increased its hybrid electric fleet by 120 delivery trucks, with plans to have 328 electric delivery trucks by the end of 2009.

This report achieves B-level compliance with the G3 guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

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