Sourcing 100% of electricity from clean and renewable energy (in EU & CH)
With two-thirds of the world’s electricity consumed by commercial and industrial companies, switching to renewable and clean energy is critical to speeding up the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Did you know that of all the electricity used in the world, two-thirds is consumed by commercial and industrial companies? It follows then that switching industry to renewable and clean energy is critical to speeding up the transition to a low-carbon economy. At Coca‑Cola HBC, we use about 785 million kWh of electricity in our production plants. We are aware of the effect this has on the environment, which is why lowering our emissions is a key priority. It’s important for us to play our part, bearing in mind that Climate Action and Affordable & Clean energy are two of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
We are also committed in reducing direct carbon emissions ratio by 30% in our operation and to have 50% of total energy used in our plants coming from renewable and clean sources.
In 2017, 42% of the energy used in our EU and Swiss plants came from renewable sources and we have 8 sites using electricity from co-generation. Last year, 10 out of our 26 plants in the EU and Switzerland were using 100% renewable and clean electricity and during 2018 more began to make the switch. Our Edelstal plant in Austria, for example, has a long-term renewable-electricity supply contract for 100% of its electricity. This prevents almost 4,000 tons of CO2 emissions each year.
Following 2025 Sustainability Commitments our Business Unit has started using renewable energy in Neptunas plant as well. As of this year we are using 100% clean electricity that comes from Kaunas Algirdas Brazauskas Hydroelectric Power plant located in Lithuania.