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CCİ conducts its activities while respecting the environment, valuing natural sources and taking into consideration the needs of future generations.

Please click here to see our Environment Policy.

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In line with our environmental impact management approach we’ve determined our three main focus areas:

Energy Management and Climate Protection

Energy management and climate protection are the priorities of CCI’s sustainability strategy. We continue working towards increasing energy efficiency and reducing emission rates in order to minimize our environmental impact. With the awareness of our responsibility to reduce CO2 emissions generated as a result of the consumption of non-renewable energy sources, we do not consider energy efficiency and climate protection performances as separate concepts and we aim for continuous improvement in this field.  CCI’s energy management policy is based on 2 basic principles: Reduce & Recycle.

GHG Emissions of CCI’s Turkey operation have been verified according to ISO 14064-1

CCI Turkey Manufacturing, Sales & Distribution operations have successfully passed the verification audits conducted by SGS; an international independent audit & assurance organization and achieved certification in compliance with ISO 14064-1 Standard an internationally-recognized standard which specifies measurement of, accounting for, and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions. SGS conducted independent third party verification on-site audits in CCI’s Istanbul headquarters and Bursa and Mersin Plants, and remote reviews of all plants and sales offices in Turkey.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) sources, sinks and/or reservoirs, stationary combustion, mobile combustion, process emissions, fugitive emissions (scope 1) and purchased electricity (scope 2) were included in the scope of verification process. 2014 GHG emissions of 108,777 tons of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) were verified as a result of this process.

Click here to download 2014 COCA-COLA İÇECEK – Verification Statement.pdf file.

ISO 50001 Energy Management System

In line with our energy efficiency policies, energy management system is established. Çorlu, İzmir and Elazığ plants became the first plants in Turkey operation to receive the energy management system certificate. In 2012, Ankara, Mersin, Mahmudiye, Bursa and Köyceğiz plants completed the audits successfully and  obtained the ISO 50001 Energy Management System Certificate. As a result, 100% of the CCI Turkey operation now possesses the energy management system certificate.

Environment Friendly Coolers

Decreasing the per cooler energy consumption rate is one of CCI’S main targets in its 2020 vision. With this aim, in 2010 we started using new environment-friendly coolers in Turkey operations that are equipped with energy management devices (EMD) specially designed for the Coca-Cola System and that use a more environment friendly cooling gas R600a. In 2012, we managed to have 40% of our total coolers HFC free and 59% equipped with EMD.  Again in 2013, 85% of the total coolers purchased by CCI Turkey were consuming 42% less energy compared to the previous model coolers and their Global Warming Potential (GWP) was equivalent to %0,2 of the previous model coolers. With such measures, CCI succeeded in reducing the energy consumed by its coolers by a significant amount in Turkey.

 

We Consume Less Energy by Enhancing Our PET Bottle Blowing Processes

We continued improvements with regard to “PET bottle blowing process” in 2012, which was first launched in the Izmir plant in 2009. The overall pressure was lowered from 35 bars to 17 bars in this extent. As a result of the improvements made between 2008 and 2011, the Izmir plant achieved energy savings of 5,514,857 kWh and prevented the release of 2,416 tons of CO2 gases, based on 2007 values.

In 2010, this project was recognized as the ‘Best Project Implemented’ in the Coca-Cola System and started to be applied in all plants. The Izmir plant managed to blow 200 ml PET bottles with a pressure of 10 bars in November 2011. With this project, we automatized the compressor selection and reduced the blowing pressure by optimizing heating and cooling temperatures, activating the air recovery system and writing software for minimum functions of air conveyors. In this way, CCI formed a system that consumes less electricity without lowering our product quality. As a result of these projects, between the years of 2008 and 2012, we achieved an annual energy savings of 13.314.465 kWh electricity and 6.115 tons of CO2 emissions reduction. Turkey PET bottle blowing pressure optimization savings between 2008-2012 are listed below:

CCI Energy Efficiency (OE) Projects

Energy efficiency projects are conducted within the context of Operational Excellence(OE), which consists of lean management, 6 sigma methodology and best practices of TCCC that are implemented in CCI operations. Within the context of OE, energy efficiency projects similar to those in Turkey were employed in all country operations. As a result of these projects, we achieved an annual energy savings of 3,363,470 kWh electricity in Kazakhstan, 993,268 kWh in Jordan, and 167,059 kWh in Azerbaijan.

The energy consumption improvements between 2005 and 2012 in Jordan , Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkey are listed below: 

Water Management

As a fundamental ingredient of our products, water is a limited resource. Global warming, rapid population growth and consumption, and other dangers to dwindling water supplies intensify the pressure on this limited resource. CCI’s operational geography is one of the regions in which this pressure is felt at its greatest. Therefore, water management is the most important aspect of the sustainability framework for CCI. With the goal of "producing more beverages by consuming less water," we aim to maximize the efficient use of water in our production facilities, to preserve water quality in water basins, and to be an example in this area by performing waste water management to the highest possible level.

As part of the Coca-Cola System, CCI supports the ultimate goal of "replenishing every drop of water used by the help of global water management studies" focusing on the following points:

 

  1. 1. Reducing water consumption / Reuse.
  2. 2. Reclamation / Safe discharge.
  3. 3. Replenish.
  4. 4. Supporting studies devoted to preserving and improving water basins.
  5. 5. Supporting studies raising the awareness of society, together with public institutions and non-governmental organizations.

With the motto of “Less water, more beverages”, CCI aims to maximize water efficiency and to set an example by improving water quality and wastewater management. CCI Turkey has one of the lowest water consumption rates among the entire Coca-Cola System’s business units. For example, İzmir Kemalpaşa plant broke a record by realizing its water consumption as 1.01 liters per 1 liter product in August 2012.

We achieved an improvement of %20,1 by decreasing our water consumption in Turkey from 1,74 L/L to 1,39 L/L between 2006-2012.  In our Turkey, Jordan, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan operations, water consumption distributions and improvements in the water consumption ratios (L/L) between 2006-2011 are as follows:

Efficient Water Usage in Jordan

The gravest environmental challenge that Jordan faces today is the scarcity of water. On a per capita basis, Jordan has one of the lowest levels of water resources in the world. Therefore CCBCJ, being a beverage company, has defined water issue as one of the most primary fields in its CSR investments. In order to reduce its corporate footprint CCBCJ is focusing on reducing its water usage and becoming the best among its counterparts in water usage ratio (WUR). The motto of “Less Water, More Beverage” clearly expresses CCBCJ’s determination to minimize water usage per liter of finished product. As a result of the focus on water efficiency, CCBCJ decreased its WUR from 3,44 liters water/liters product to 1,70 liters water/liters product in 2006, achieving a 50,6% improvement.

In accordance with its environmental policy, CCBCJ also focuses on reducing its energy consumption. Energy management performance is one of the key performance indicators and the results are regularly monitored by CCI’s senior management. As a result of these efforts, CCBCJ was among the finalists in TCCC Eurasia and Africa Group President’s Sustainability Awards.

Sustainable Packaging

Packaging is an essential part of our business. At the same time, it forms a significant part of our environmental footprint. Continuously reducing the materials used in packaging and the energy consumed in the process makes good business sense and is crucial for establishing a sustainable operation.

While the safety and quality of our products remain as the most significant aspects of our packaging operations, we develop practices that will reduce our environmental impact arising from these operations.

Three fundamental principles define our approach to sustainable packaging:

• Continuously reducing the material amount and energy used in package manufacturing and using recycled materials as much as food safety principles and technology allow.

• Reducing material use and increasing reuse and recycle rates in our operations.

• Working together with stakeholders in order to establish an environmentally friendly and economically sustainable infrastructure for post-consumer packaging recovery and recycling.

NRPET Sustainability Strategies

Reducing Material Usage in Product Packaging

In line with our strategy of reducing the amount of raw materials used in packaging, we continued our studies of usage of “Lightweight” PET bottles. We saved 2,289 tons of resin by implementing this Project in the Turkey operation.

In 2012, we achieved a resin savings in PET bottles by reducing the material content from 54.1 to 52.88 g and 48 to 46 g in Ankara, from 52.8 g to 51.5 g in Çorlu and from 29.9 g to 24.5 g in Mahmudiye plants. In the Ankara and Çorlu plants we reduced the weight of the body and base of the bottle, while we implemented bottle design change and short neck in Mahmudiye. We also recycled 430 tons of resin in Çorlu and Mahmudiye.

 

Short Neck Project

Within the scope of short neck projects, we aim to decrease the pitch and height of PET bottles in order to in such a way that enhances product quality and shelf life while simultaneously minimizing resin use.

Our first short neck test project was actualized in Turkey in 2008. At the end of 2012, we implemented short neck in Kazakhstan. In 2013, we aim to implement short neck operations in other CCI countries.

With short neck production of “Bonaqua” in Kazakhstan, we reduced the amount of resin used in the production process from 24.5 g to 20.5 g, from 34.5 g to 30 g and from 48.8 g to 40 g and we achieved a total reduction of 136.2 tons of resin used in PET in 2012. From January 2013 until December 2013, we aim to achieve an average savings of resin of 1,445 tons in Kazakhstan and 1,975 tons in Turkey by reducing the weight of lids from 3.25 g to 2.45 g. In addition to short neck projects, further improvements are planned to minimize our environmental impacts. These include reducing the thickness of crown lids in Turkey and Pakistan, using Euro pallets, and reducing the resin weight from 1,800 g to 1,565 g with the design change of the glass bottles pallets.

Glass Bottle Implementations

In 2012, we continued the ”Ultra Bottle” project that was initiated in 2010 with the purpose of reducing the consumption of glass materials and achieved a total savings of 822 tons of glass in our Turkey operations. We reduced the weight of 250 ml Coca-Cola and Schweppes glass bottles from 180 g to 165 g. In 2013, we will continue improvements by implementing these projects in all of our operations.

Packaging Innovation

In addition to our lightweight and short neck practices, we continue to implement new design and development projects in partnership with TCCC to reduce environmental impacts of our product packaging. One such example of alternative sustainable packaging is the PlantBottle,TM the first ever recyclable PET plastic beverage bottle made partially from plants, now in production in our Turkey operations. The key difference between plant bottle packaging and traditional PET plastic bottles is that instead of using petroleum and other fossil fuels to produce a key ingredient in the plastic, PlantBottle packaging uses materials that are up to 30% plant-based. Currently, PlantBottle production is at trial phase in Turkey operation.

Recycling of Product Packages

CCI’s efforts to minimize its environmental impact in terms of packaging processes include several implementations such as increasing material recycling ratio, encouraging the use of bottles with a refundable deposit, and helping authorized business partners collect packaging waste. Since packaging waste is one of the key components of the general waste performance at CCI, we give particular importance to related implementations.

In Turkey, there is legislation mandating packaging recycling. The system in Turkey is based on a concept of extended producer's liability. During the reporting period, the recycling rate in Turkey for plastics, glass, metal and aluminum packaging waste was 40%. We achieved this rate with the help of our authorized business partner, Çevko Foundation.

In 2013, we formed a cross-functional CCI Recycling Task Force with an aim of identifying CCI’s long-term recycling strategy especially for the international operations where there is no organized recycling schemes.

 


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