Stakeholders driving cuts in emissions, says Coca-Cola

31 May 2011

31 May 2011 | Lindsay Clark

Consumers and retailers are the main force driving Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) to reduce its supply chain carbon emissions, rather than legislation.

Speaking following the drinks firm’s Supplier Sustainability Summit and Awards Ceremony, David Cowell, vice-president, procurement and supply chain, said legislation was only one factor in working with vendors to reduce carbon emissions.

Earlier this month, the UK government committed to reduce emissions by 50 per cent by 2027, on a 1990 base figure. However, it was unclear whether legislation would include companies’ supply chains.

Cowell said that, although legislation was important,  “more broadly it’s about stakeholders, [retail] customers and consumers and what they expect of us”.

CCE has a commitment to a 15 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020. The firm’s emissions stood at 795,181 tonnes of CO2 in 2010, excluding Norway and Sweden.

Although the firm was on track to achieve this target, supply chain emissions were significantly larger, he said. “That’s where we need to address [the problem]. Yes, government legislation is there, it affects all of us, but what we’re looking to do is drive ahead of that and ensure that we meet the agendas of both legislation, consumers, customers and stakeholders.”

The Supplier Sustainability Summit aimed to help collaboration between the drinks firm and its vendors in a joint effort to reduce emissions. Part of the event presented awards to top suppliers for their contribution.

Supplier of the Year award went to APPE, the packaging division of La Seda de Barcelona, which produces plastics. Meanwhile, the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Supplier award went to Smurfit Kappa, which makes corrugated packaging, and the Most Improved Supplier was Viridor, a recycling firm which is working with CCE to reduce, recycle and recover all waste from its manufacturing process.

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