As a leading beverage manufacturer in New Zealand, we’re committed to understanding and minimising the impacts our operations may have on our environment. Reducing the environmental impact of our business is a key pillar in our approach to acting sustainably. Each and every person working for Coca-Cola Amatil NZ, as well as those we work alongside, have an important role to play in achieving our environmental objectives.
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- Aim and achieve a level of environmental performance beyond legal compliance
- Incorporate environmental considerations in our annual business plan
- Work with our employees, suppliers, contractors and relevant industry bodies to minimise and reduce environmental impact
Over the past few years we have focussed on reducing our energy use and emissions across all of our manufacturing facilities and refrigeration fleet.
An efficient distribution system lies at the heart of our success – one that we are continuously looking to improve. We recognise that the transportation of our products, and the raw materials required to make them, has an environmental impact so we are constantly looking for ways to minimise our impact on the environment.
Energy Saving Projects
Since 2008, we have implemented a number of energy efficiency projects. These include:
- The installation of a new pasteuriser at our juice manfacturing facility in Auckland, which when measured, was shown to save 50 tonnes of CO2 per year.
- The installation of energy efficient lighting, replacement of low occupancy area lighting with energy efficient sensor activated lights.
- Conducting annual energy audits to identify potential energy savings at our manufacting facilities.
- The use of auto-sensors on production line conveyors in our carbonated soft drink (CSD) plants in Auckland and Christchurch along with our Putaruru plant.
- The installation of blow-fill technology to lightweight PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles.
All of our manufacturing plants are ISO 14001 accredited for environmental systems and we continually strive to find ways in which to further improve our environmental practices. Environmental requirements are also part of supplier contracts to expand a positive environmental message.
Finding ways to drive smarter
We have used a hybrid truck for our deliveries around Auckland since 2009. Over the past two years we have also switched to diesel powered vehicles for our sales fleet, which allows fuel savings of 6.2L/100kms.
We measure our carbon emissions in all plants on a monthly basis, using standardised CO2 factors developed by the Ministry for the Environment. We regularly engage with external consultants and The Coca-Cola Company to identify opportunities to further reduce total carbon emissions.
Packaging is a visible and significant environmental issue for all manufacturers. We are dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint by reducing and lightweighting the packaging we use for our drinks. In addition, we are increasing the amount of recycled materials in our packaging.
In 2011, our Auckland and Christchurch manufacturing facilities underwent a major upgrade to include blow-fill technology, which is the world’s leading standard for lightweighting PET bottles. This means we can now design and self-manufacture our own plastic beverage bottles using fewer raw materials and producing a lighter weight bottle. Through this we have reduced the amount of virgin PET plastic resin used by approximately 13%.
Blow-fill technology is being installed across our manufacturing facilities in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea between 2010 -2015. In addition, our Fijian business self-manufacturers its PET bottles and is converting to the same lightweight bottle finishes.
Blow-fill technology delivers significant water use savings, as the newly blown bottles do not need to be rinsed prior to filling. Nationwide, (across our Auckland and Christchurch sites) we have saved 26 million litres of water in 2012.
We see our packaging as a resource, not a waste stream and manage it as such. We aim to act as a catalyst to encourage recycling through partnerships, innovation and targeted investment. In achieving these commitments, we aim to keep improving both our use of raw materials and support effective means for encouraging the re-use of resources. Our investment in blow-fill technology and our on-going commitment to public place recycling projects are key areas that have impacted the packaging footprint of our business.
The majority of our packaging is 100% recyclable (save for a small number of caps, closures and labels). All of our packaging is accepted by New Zealand recycling schemes.
We choose to use PET plastic, glass and aluminium cans for our primary packaging, because it is recyclable and is of value on the commodities market the New Zealand recycling infrastructure on-sells to.
Water will always be important to us and we are continually working to reduce our impact and minimise our water use. Globally, the Coca-Cola system aims to replenish the water it uses in production by 100%, and is currently working towards achieving this goal by 2020. In New Zealand, we work hard to develop stringent water saving strategies and continuously invest in improved infrastructure, technology and research.
We continue to devise new initiatives that will reduce overall water use across the business – in both our manufacturing operations and services.
One way we look to control our water efficiency is through measuring the amount of water we use to make one litre of drink you consume from a bottle or can. We call this a ‘Water Use Ratio’ (WUR) and in New Zealand our WUR is approximately 1.73 litres of water per finished beverage litre (2012). As a result of our efforts to be more water efficient, this figure is improving year on year, and we hope to achieve a target of 1.54 by 2014.
Some of our adopted initiatives to reduce water use are:
- The recycling of bottle rinse water in our juice plants, which has reduced water use by 8%.
- The adoption of dry lubricant conveyor systems which do not use water, resulting in a reduction of water use by 1.6% in our carbonated beverage plants.
- Optimising cleaning programmes with water conservation in mind.
Saving water brings huge benefits to our communities by reducing consumption of a natural resource, reducing demand for energy and chemicals and providing a more sustainable environment.