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17 May 2012 | Kamalpreet Badasha
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has reduced emissions from manufacturing, distribution and product cooling by 8.4 per cent through a range of initiatives.
The bottler and distributor spent $3.6 billion (£2.3 billion) with more than 16,000 suppliers in 2011 according to the firm’s sustainability report How can a drink build a more sustainable tomorrow? The business has incorporated environmental criteria into its supplier relationship management processes, which account for about 80 per cent of third-party spend.
The company launched a ‘carbon challenge’ among its suppliers, surveying 129 vendors on their carbon performance and asked them to implement reduction plans. The firm estimates that 17 per cent of its emissions come from the production of raw materials, and 47 per cent from packaging. The top 60 suppliers were also invited to a supplier sustainability summit to encourage innovation in sustainability.
Distribution accounts for about 8 per cent of emissions, so the firm is investigating new low-carbon fuels and methods to optimise its distribution network. The company has introduced biogas trucks in the UK, which will be used to make deliveries in London during the Olympic Games, cutting the carbon footprint of distribution during the games by a third. These vehicles will be incoporated into the fleet following the Olympics.