Demand on the amount of freshwater around us is increasing and climate change is impacting traditional rainfall patterns. As the world’s population grows, the demands being placed on freshwater are rising, rapidly.
Our ability to grow is directly related to the availability and quality of local water resources. As a result, we place a major focus on our water stewardship efforts, and an integrated approach to this critical resource:
Improving our water efficiency
In Coca-Cola Hellenic Group bottling plants, water resources are closely monitored, minimizing the amount of water withdrawn. By incorporating water savings technologies on production lines, the Group managed to improve the efficiency with which water is used.
Each bottling plant regularly conducts risk assessments. The quantity and quality of local water supplies is studied, as well as environmental, regulatory and other concerns. Based on these assessments, action plans are developed to mitigate risks.
Although the Group has significantly improved our efficiency, it cannot reduce the amount of water in our beverages. As greater volume of beverages is produced, more water will be used.
It is therefore increasingly important to further improve water efficiency. The Group therefore invests in emerging technologies.
Working in partnership
To address water-related issues, we work in a growing number of partnerships
In partnership with the Estonian Fund for Nature, we work to restore and preserve Estonian wetlands.
At an international level, Coca-Cola Hellenic is a founding signatory of the CEO Water Mandate of the UN Global Compact . This initiative aims to address water sustainability issues in operations, supply chains and communities; and to work with government and NGOs to shape public policy. To better understand water use in our supply chain, Coca-Cola Hellenic is also working with the Water Footprint Network.
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