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CCEP reveals milestone achievements in 2021 Sustainability Report

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

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CCEP has shared the details of its 2021 Sustainability Report, which has officially launched today, alongside details of GB-specific highlights. The report pulls out a number of milestone achievements for CCEP against its This is Forward sustainability strategy.

The report follows last month’s announcement of Coca-Cola Great Britain (CCGB) in partnership with Coca-Cola Europacific Partners’ introduction of new attached caps to its plastic bottles, making it easier to recycle the entire package and ensure no cap gets left behind. The report includes a suite of progress updates from the business across packaging, communities, people, water, supply chain and climate. The full link to the report is here.

  • For packaging: we accelerated the use of recycled plastic (rPET) in our 500ml plastic bottles, meaning we increased the amount of recycled plastic material in smaller bottles from 50% to 100%. This will help save more than 29,000 tonnes of ‘new’ non-recycled plastic across our operations in Great Britain (GB) every year. We also extended our partnership with Loop™, a ground-breaking zero waste shopping platform – extending the trial to 10 stores with Tesco in GB.

Production of our new Shrink to Board packs also kicked off, this follows extensive R&D work and means plastic shrink wrap will be replaced with sustainable cardboard across all multi-packs in Great Britain – part of a plan to remove a further 4,000 tonnes of plastic from circulation across the Western Europe region.

  • For our communities: we supported more than 300 young people through the fourth iteration of ReachUp with UK Youth, which aims to empower young people with the confidence and skills to help them prepare for the workplace.
  • For our people: we secured our status as a certified Disability Confident Leader, the highest tier in the UK government’s Disability Confident Programme.
  • For water: we replenished 3.7billion litres of water in 2021 as a result of projects in partnership with WWF, The Rivers Trust and Norfolk Rivers Trust.
  • For supply chain: we saw a science-based emissions reduction target set by 47% of our ‘carbon strategic’ suppliers in Europe. In GB, we expanded our solar farm in Wakefield as part of a wider 250m EUR investment programme, delivering 20% of the site’s electricity to reduce carbon emissions. We also started trials to transport our soft drinks by rail, taking lorries off the road and reducing the business’ carbon footprint.
  • For climate: we kicked off the transition from gas to battery powered forklift trucks across our production facilities in GB. This change will reduce CCEP GB’s carbon emissions by more than 1,500 tonnes each year.
  • For drinks: we removed 232K tonnes of sugar from our soft drinks in Europe.
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