Coca-Cola to meet water replenishment goal early
Coca-Cola says it is on track to meet its 2020 water replenishment goal by the end of this year. Based on global water replenishment projects to date, the Coca-Cola system is balancing the equivalent of an estimated 94% of the water used in its finished beverages based on 2014 sales volume.
The group has replenished an estimated 153.6 billion litres of water back to communities and nature since 2004 through 209 community water projects in 61 countries. Last year, the Coca-Cola system returned approximately 126.7 billion litres of water used in its manufacturing processes back to communities and nature through treated wastewater.
Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company, said: "As a consumer of water, the Coca-Cola system has a special responsibility to protect this shared resource. This is why we set an aspirational goal of being water neutral by 2020. While we have made significant progress toward making that goal a reality, we are more intent than ever to give back the equivalent of all the water that we use to communities and nature. And we will continue to do so after we meet the 100% goal.”
Coca-Cola is able to give back the amount of water equivalent to what it uses in its finished beverages and production through replenishment projects, increasing water use efficiency in its plants, and returning water to watersheds and municipalities through wastewater treatment. Part of meeting its replenishment goal is engaging in diverse, locally focused community water projects. Each project works toward set objectives such as providing or improving access to safe water and sanitation, protecting watersheds, supporting water conservation and raising awareness on critical local water issues.
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