Coca-Cola HBC commits to NetZeroby40 Coca-Cola HBC commits to NetZeroby40

Coca-Cola HBC (CCH) today announced a commitment to achieving net zero emissions across its entire value chain by 2040.

Via an existing, approved science-based target, by 2030 the company will reduce its value chain emissions in scopes 1,2 and 3 by 25%, with a further 50% reduction in the following decade.  To address the 90% of emissions in scope 3 resulting from third party actions, CCH will broaden its existing partnership approach with suppliers.  Wherever emissions cannot be eliminated entirely, the business will mitigate these by investing in other climate protection measures.

Zoran Bogdanovic_CEO_CCHBC Zoran Bogdanovic_CEO_CCHBC

Commenting the announcement, Zoran Bogdanović, CEO OF COCA-COLA HBC stated: “This commitment is the ultimate destination of a journey that we started many years ago. It is fully aligned with our philosophy to support the socio-economic development of our communities and to make a more positive environmental impact.  Both are integral to our future growth. Although we don’t yet have all the answers, our plan, track record and partnership approach give us confidence that we will deliver”.

Clear plan

To achieve its goal Coca-Cola HBC will:

  • invest €250 million in emissions reduction initiatives by 2025
  • Decarbonize further direct operations by switching to 100% renewable electricity and low carbon energy sources through continuous improvements and innovations in energy efficiency
  • Accelerate its journey to a more circular, lower carbon packaging approach by increasing rPET use, adopting packageless and refillable options, removing plastics in secondary packaging
  • Provide energy-efficient and eco-friendly coolers to customers
  • Reduce emissions from agricultural ingredients
  • Implement a “Green Fleet” program to switch to low and no carbon alternatives

In addition, Coca-Cola HBC has introduced CO2 emission reduction targets as one of the elements in its long-term management incentive plans.

Exceptional results

Coca-Cola HBC was one of the first companies to commit to and deliver science-based targets.  In the last decade, the company has halved its direct emissions and the CO2 reduction plan to 2030 is already endorsed and approved on the 1.5 °C above the pre-industrial revolution level.  In March 2021, Coca-Cola HBC was rated the world’s most sustainable beverage company by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 5th time in the last 7 years, achieving its highest ever score. It is also ranked among the top sustainability performers in ESG benchmarks such as CDP, MSCI ESG and FTSE4Good.

* In accordance with the methodology we use, we distinguish three categories of sources of greenhouse gas emissions that we measure and report on:

  • scope 1 – direct emissions that come from the fuel used in our bottling plants, offices and distribution centers, as well as from the fuel of our vehicle fleet
  • scope 2 – indirect emissions resulting from our business activities, electricity and other energy sources we use
  • scope 3 - all indirect greenhouse gas emissions within our value chain, such as emissions from the production of the raw materials we use (sugar, fruit concentrate and packaging), emissions from the electricity that powers our customers' refrigerators, and fuel emissions from our partners in logistics and transportation.

Greenhouse gas emissions from scopes 1 and 2 make up 11% of total emissions, while the largest part of emissions comes from scope 3.