Energy and climate protection

Climate change is the greatest and most urgent environmental challenge facing our planet. Swift and decisive action is needed to set our society onto a low-carbon growth path. With its capacity for innovation and investment, business has a critical role to play in this massive transformation.

We aim to take a leadership position, adapting our business to the demands and opportunities of a low-carbon economy. As a result, we are accelerating our efforts in the parts of our business that use the most energy: our bottling plant, fleet and cold drink equipment.

Energy-savings programmes

In our bottling plant, we are implementing energy-saving programmes to reduce the CO2 emissions to produce each litre of beverage.

Although our bottling operations use more energy than our offices and other facilities, we are taking steps to reduce CO2 emissions there too. For example, our Green IT programme is changing the IT equipment that we use, as well as the way that we use it. By using audio, video and online conferencing, we are significantly reducing business travel with its associated CO2 emissions.

In 2008 Coca-Cola Beverages Belarus IT designed and established a special technical solution to ensure that all personal computers, printers, and multifunction devices are switched off during nights and weekends. The new programme makes it possible to observe on-line the on/off state of all office equipment in Minsk and all the 7 offices in other towns of the country. The rule to switch off the devices is now well integrated in our PC users’ culture.

Safe and Eco-Driving

Changing driver behaviour can also make a major contribution to reducing CO2 emissions. Through our Safe and Eco-Driving programme, we are teaching drivers of our trucks and company cars such techniques as driving at optimum speed and early gear changes. Initial results are encouraging, showing the potential for significant CO2 emissions reduction across our business.

Energy-efficient cold drink equipment

Our consumers expect to find chilled beverages available in restaurants and shops when they are thirsty. As a result, placing coolers and other cold drink equipment on customer premises is an important part of our business strategy. Although we do not operate this equipment, we still have a responsibility to reduce its carbon footprint.

We therefore work with our suppliers to improve the equipment’s energy efficiency. By developing new cooler models as well as energy management devices, we now purchase coolers up to 50 percent more energy-efficient compared to 2004. We also train our employees to ensure that coolers in the marketplace operate as efficiently as possible.

In addition, we are working to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the greenhouse gases widely used in commercial and domestic refrigeration. We no longer use HFCs in insulation foam and are trialling alternative refrigerant gases. Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) have been almost completely phased out from our equipment through a capture and recovery programme in the marketplace.

Working in partnership

At an international level, Coca-Cola Hellenic is a founder signatory of the UN Global Compact’s Caring for Climate, the largest global business coalition on climate.

In Belarus the environmental “Let’s save Yelnya together!” project is a fair example of significant contribution of the company into greenhouse gases offsetting.

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