Our island of Ireland business is on track to achieve our 2020 targets in water, waste and energy reduction. A further focus in 2018 will be to do more to reduce the amount of packaging we use, integrate more sustainable packaging materials into our supply chain, while championing responsible consumer behaviour.
At Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland, sustainability is at the heart of our business and we hold ourselves accountable to deliver against an ambitious set of targets.
An important part of our sustainability agenda is our commitment to minimise our impact on the environment. In 2010, we set 2020 targets in the areas of water, waste and energy and we are proud that some of these have already been achieved, with the rest on track.
These results have been achieved through the firm prioritisation of environmental leadership across our business, from senior management to factory floor. An attitude of 'shared-ownership' has been cultivated across our local business and all functions and levels have contributed to these achievements.
Led by a clear sustainability vision set by our Coca‑Cola HBC Group, we are proud of the contribution that our local business makes to overall group achievements. Most notably in 2017, Coca‑Cola HBC was names global leader in the beverage industry by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for a fourth consecutive year.
We were also proud to sign a Prosperity Agreement with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in February 2016; a partnership which has driven further initiatives to improve our environmental performance. Testament to this work, our local achievements were recognised with the awarding of 'Platinum Status' at the Business in the Community Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Awards in both 2016 and 2017.
With our 2020 commitments now in place for both our global and local business, we will continue to grow our business sustainably, while adding value to our communities.
For our island of Ireland market, all of the bottles, aluminum cans, cartons and glass that we produce are 100% recyclable.
We also have plans in place to further reduce the amount of packaging we use, and to integrate more sustainable packaging materials, such as recycled PET, into our supply chain.
In 2018, environmental stewardship will be focused on our packaging. Our actions will include light-weighting initiatives and integration of recycled PET; and we will continue to champion packaging recovery across the island of Ireland. Together with The Coca‑Cola Company, we will also use the power of our brands to inspire greater recycling and responsible disposal of waste. Matthieu Seguin, General Manager, Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland