Minimising our environmental impact is a core target for us and Coca‑Cola HBC has set ambitious 2020 goals. We are proud to report on how our local operations contribute to these results.
Our business is driven by sustainability goals and ambitions - they are central to our core business activities and are at the heart of our engagement with external stakeholders, including suppliers, partners, and the community where we are based, along with the broader business community.
Our sustainability efforts touch all parts of the business and we have set ambitious targets in the areas of waste, carbon emissions and water conservation.
In 2014, we established an Environmental Council to share best practice, proposals, collaboration and problem solving internally and with Coca‑Cola Ireland, a key stakeholder for our business. The Council’s aim is to drive continuous improvements by empowering all employees to make a difference when it comes to our environmental footprint.
Our 2020 vision
In 2010, we set ambitious environmental sustainability targets and gave ourselves 10 years to achieve them. This coincided with the opening of our new facility in Knockmore Hill.
Targets were set against recycling and waste, energy usage and water conservation and we have achieved great progress. This hasn't been done alone, we've worked in partnership with many stakeholders.
Here is an overview of our island of Ireland achievements:
Our water story
Water is the primary ingredient in all our beverages and important part of our business.
Our water use is monitored in a ratio of the amount of water used to the amount of beverage that is produced and we set monthly water use targets.
Some of our water reduction measures include:
- Water metering and calibration of all our water sources
- Treating 100% of our waste water in our Waste Water Treatment Plant which also provides some treated water to the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant on site
- Measuring the Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) levels of our treated waste water leaving site, which are now so low that it can support aquatic life
- Installing sensors on the hand washing and toilet flushing facilities
- Changing line lubrication from wet to dry or semi-dry to save water
- Extending the frequency of backwashing in water treatment filter systems
- Utilising a Water Leaks Register to record, monitor and repair leaks
Our carbon reduction story
We have adopted a two-pronged approach to energy reduction.
We examine the cost of producing energy in both financial and environmental terms.
Our commitment to the environment is uncompromising but if by reducing our environmental impact we can also save money then it is a win/win.
Just some of our measures include:
- Reducing carbon emissions through our CHP plant
- Conducting regular air leak checks on sources of wasted energy including Compressed Air Systems and steam leaks
- Carrying out out insulation checks and replacements
- Investing in energy efficient lighting across the site, with light sensors
- Adopting full line shut down procedures at weekends
- Working with retail stores to utilise more energy efficient cold drink equipment or fridges
- On the plant floor, deplying self-driving forklifts powered by electricity
Our waste reduction story
We are proud to report that we achieved our waste reduction target five years ahead of schedule.
We commit zero waste to landfill and this was achieved through segregation of waste at source, the conduct of opportunity assessments on to identify any secondary usage opportunities for waste; and the identification of waste champions in all areas.
Some more of our waste-reduction achievements in this area include:
- Light-weighting our iconic 200ml glass bottle- now 20% lighter
- Light-weighting of the Deep RiverRock Still water bottle - now 16% lighter, using less PET
- The body of our aluminium cans is as thin as a human hair and 5% lighter
- We have removed cardboard layer pads in our pallets
- We have reduced the amount of shrink wrap used around each pallet and light-weighted the amount of plastic used
Extended producer responsibility initiatives
Packaging compliance schemes
We are also proud members of packaging compliance schemes Repak (ROI) and Wastepack (NI). Our fees are used to subsidise the collection and recovery of waste packaging through registered recovery operators.
Since Repak was set up in 1997, packaging recycling has grown from a very low base to the point where Ireland is now one of the leading recycling countries in the EU.
Clean Coast programmes
We work with An Taisce and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful to support the annual Clean Coasts programme that runs across the island of Ireland. The Clean Coast Programme engage communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life and supports approximately 20,000 volunteers to keep the marine environment free of litre. Read more about this and other community initiatives here.