Water is crucial to our business: we need it for our beverages, our production and processes. Along with that, our communities need safe, good-quality and accessible water. After all, clean water and sanitation for all is a basic requirement of society and is among the United National Sustainable Development Goals.
We are also committed to reduce water use in plants located in water-risk areas by 20%.
To assess water risk in river basins where we operate, we use globally recognized water monitoring tools and data analysis. Our projections show that there are around 17 water-risk locations in our operational areas. Most of these are in Nigeria where the challenges are connected to access to water and sanitation.
There are also affected locations in parts of Russia, Greece, Cyprus and Armenia, where we are in the process of planning or implementing water-replenishment activities.
Our initiatives include realizing access to drinking water in communities with a lack of access, purifying the waste water and using it for feeding livestock and watershed protection & restoration. For more than a decade, working with Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean and the Greek authorities, we have also been involved in the Mission Water programme in Greece, which promotes water conservation through rainwater harvesting. Working with the authorities, we installed three new water-storage tanks on Kythera island in 2017. The Mission Water project has already provided support to 31 Greek islands. Moving forward, water will continue to be a major priority for us, in all our operating areas.
Even tough the Baltics is not located in a water-risk area, we are aiming to reduce water usage per liter in our beverage production. In Neptunas plant we have a target to reduce water ratio used for Neptunas water to produce by 22.5 percent. In 2017 we used 1.87 liters of water to produce one liter of beverage. By 2020 we are planning to have water use ratio of 1.45.
To reach this goal the following measures are taken:
- Bottles conveyor lines lubrication optimization from wet to dry;
- Water reuse projects as bottles rinsing water reuse implementation;
- Cleaning in place system (CIP) optimization by analyzing & optimizing cleaning steps;
- Optimization of sand filtration backwashing frequency in water treatment;
- Conducting regular water leak checks/ repairs (Near Losses program).