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Diageo Commits to Water, Carbon Cuts

Diageo brandsAlcoholic beverage company Diageo has committed to return 100 percent of wastewater from its operations to the environment.

This pledge is one of the company’s 20 new sustainability and responsibility targets, to be achieved by 2020.

Among the environmental targets:

  • Reduce water use through a 50 percent improvement in water use efficiency.
  • Replenish the amount of water used in final product in water stressed areas.
  • Equip suppliers with tools to protect water resources in the most water stressed area.
  • Reduce absolute GHG emissions from direct operations by 50 percent, and achieve a 30 percent reduction along the total supply chain.
  • Ensure all new refrigeration equipment in trade are HFC-free with a reduction in associated GHG emissions from 2015.
  • Reduce total packaging by 15 percent, while increasing recycled content to 45 percent and making 100 percent of packaging recyclable.
  • Sustainably source all paper and board packaging to ensure zero net deforestation.
  • Achieve zero waste to landfill.

The baseline year for all environment targets except packaging is 2007. The baseline for packaging targets is 2009.

Diageo is one of the “low-carbon leaders” highlighted in Corporate Citizenship’s report, The Low-Carbon Company, which makes the business case for decarbonization.



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