Demand on the amount of freshwater around us is increasing and climate change is impacting traditional rainfall patterns. As the world’s population grows, the demands being placed on freshwater are rising, rapidly.
Our ability to grow is directly related to the availability and quality of local water resources. As a result, we place a major focus on our water stewardship efforts, and an integrated approach to this critical resource:
- Improving our water efficiency: we work hard to reduce the amount of water needed to produce our beverages.
- Working in partnerships: to protect local watersheds and promote sustainable water management, we work in a growing number of partnerships.
Improving our water efficiency
In our bottling plants, we closely monitor our water sources, minimising the amount of water we withdraw. By incorporating water savings technologies on our production lines, we have managed to improve the efficiency with which we use water.
Our bottling plant regularly conducts risk assessments. We study the quantity and quality of local water supplies, as well as environmental, regulatory and other concerns. Based on these assessments, we develop action plans to mitigate risks.
Although we have significantly improved our efficiency, we cannot reduce the amount of water in our beverages. As we produce greater volume of beverages, we will use more water. It is therefore increasingly important to further improve water efficiency. We therefore invest in emerging technologies.
We ensure that all water returned to the natural environment is treated to a level that supports fish life. Our bottling plant in Hadžići have on-site wastewater treatment plants. Treated water released into the environment is suitable for use in agriculture as well as supporting plant and aquatic life.
Working in partnership
At an international level, Coca-Cola Hellenic is a founding signatory of the CEO Water Mandate of the UN Global Compact. This initiative aims to address water sustainability issues in operations, supply chains and communities; and to work with government and NGOs to shape public policy. To better understand water use in our supply chain, Coca-Cola Hellenic is also working with the Water Footprint Network.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina Coca-Cola HBC B-H d.o.o. Sarajevo partners with the UNDP (United Nations Development Program), The Coca-Cola Company and nine towns and cities in the area of Vrbas river basin on watershed project the Clean Vrbas.
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