The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners say they are on track to meet their 2020 water replenishment goal by balancing an estimated 68 percent of the water used in their finished beverages based on 2013 sales volume.
To date, Coke has replenished an estimated 108.5 billion liters of water back to communities and nature through 509 community water projects in more than 100 countries.
Additionally, the company says 80 percent of its business units on track or ahead of pace to meet their 2020 water replenishment goals.
Coca-Cola has achieved this milestone by engaging in 509 diverse, locally focused community water projects in more than 100 countries. Each project works toward set objectives such as providing or improving access to safe water and sanitation, protecting watersheds, supporting water conservation and raising awareness on critical local water issues.
For example, in India, Coca-Cola set a goal to replenish more than 100 percent of the water it uses in its manufacturing operations nationally. To date, Coca-Cola has surpassed that objective by creating a replenishment potential of more than 130 percent of the water it uses in India through the support of projects across the country.
Projects include providing safe water access and sanitation in schools, building rainwater harvesting structures, restoration of ponds, check dams and interventions focused on improving water use efficiency in agriculture.
In addition to replenishing water back to communities to balance the Coca-Cola system’s global sales volume, Coke says it returns the water it uses in producing its beverages back to communities and the environment through high-quality treated wastewater that supports aquatic life and meets or exceeds local regulation. The Coca-Cola system also is working to upgrade its facilities to improve water use efficiency – improved 21.4 percent from 2004 to 2012 – and implementing source water protection plans and vulnerability assessments in all facilities globally.
In March, Coca-Cola introduced bottling plant (pictured) in Trujillo, Peru, that has qualified for LEED-certification. The investment in this bottling plant is part of the Coke’s commitment in Peru to be water neutral (100 percent balanced) by 2015.