Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) in Australia, has been voluntarily reporting carbon emissions and identifying opportunities to reduce them since 1999 as part of the Australian Government's Greenhouse Challenge. It is now mandatory through the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) scheme.
CCA also participates in the global Carbon Disclosure Project and, since 2007, have been included in the Australia/New Zealand Goldman Sachs JBWere Climate Leaders Index. This index recognises leadership in disclosure to the investment community across a range of relevant climate change issues. CCA was placed in the Top 25 of 141 ASX100 and New Zealand X50 participating companies.
Climate change strategy
While water savings remain a priority, energy management and climate protection is also a focus area. Advancing our energy efficiency and stabilising our emissions continues to help us reduce costs and minimise our impact. CCA is working hard to understand and measure how all aspects of climate change are affecting our business. Our strategy is to:
- Accelerate the implementation of energy saving projects and energy awareness
- Reduce our direct carbon impacts
- Increase our focus on co-operative activities with our customers and suppliers in Australia
Energy saving projects
Since 2008, Coca-Cola Amatil has initiated a number of energy reduction projects at its Australian and New Zealand operations. These include:
- The installation of a new pasteuriser for Keri Juice in Auckland, which is currently saving 50 tonnes of CO2 per year.
- The start of a filling optimisation project at Richlands, Queensland, saving 807 tonnes of CO2 per year.
- The building of new air compressors in the Northmead and Smithfield plants, New South Wales, saving a total of 588 tonnes of CO2 per year.
- A power correction at Thebarton, South Australia, saving 333 tonnes of CO2 per year.
- Installation of solar hot water at both our Northmead and Eastern Creek distribution centres.
- Purchase of 2.5% Greenpower at the Richlands operations in Queensland in order to offset emissions by 411 tones of CO2 per annum.
A sign of the times
In 2007, the Kings Cross Coca-Cola sign was switched off intentionally for WWF Earth Hour for the first time since 1974. 2008, 2009 and 2010 saw us continue our support for WWF Earth Hour by switching off the Kings Cross Coca-Cola sign each year.
Often small changes make a big difference. For example, in our Sydney-based, national contact centre, basic lighting controls resulted in a 30% reduction in power used in our fluorescent lighting levels. Not only did this mean fewer CO2 emissions (102 tonnes less) but also a $10,000 energy bills saving. Best of all, the company that provided the technology planted 102 trees in recognition of our achievement.