Coca-Cola rewards suppliers for sustainability efforts

23 April 2012

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23 April 2012 | Adam Leach

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has rewarded suppliers that help the drinks giant cut its carbon footprint.

Recognising the efforts of three vendors for reducing packaging weight, using less power and increasing efficiency in logistics, Coca-Cola presented awards last Friday at a suppler summit.

It also announced that all suppliers will be required to implement a carbon measurement and management plan.

Stephen Moorhouse, general manager and vice president, supply chain, said: “Our sustainability vision is to become a low-carbon, zero-waste business. To do this, we must look beyond minimising our impact and towards collaboration with our suppliers across our value chain.”

The awards presented were supplier of the year to Ball Packaging Europe for work in light weighting cans and development of a lighter 33cl can. .

The power award went to Krones for implementing sustainability initiatives, including reusing air and resources and gathering data on its usage of power, water carbon emissions.

And Turkish refrigeration firm Klimasan won the award for most improved supplier for developing the speed of deliveries to customers and moving to more efficient cooling systems.

Last year the company announced that it was investing £1.75 million in low-carbon trucks fuelled by bio-methane. The gas emits 50 per cent less carbon into the environment compared with standard diesel-powered trucks and is comprised of gas created by the breakdown of organic matter in landfill sites.

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