According to a 25 August announcement, The Coca-Cola Company and its global bottling partners (the Coca-Cola system) the company is on track to meet their 2020 water replenishment goal by the end of 2015.
Currently an estimated 94% of the water used in its finished beverages is being replenished; with the company replenishing an estimated 153.6 billion litres of water back to communities and nature through 209 community water projects in 61 countries since 2004.
Approximately 126.7 billion litres of water used in its manufacturing processes was replenished back to communities and nature through treated wastewater in 2014.
Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company, said, “There is no resource more precious to human life and the health of our global ecosystems and economies than water. As a consumer of water, the Coca-Cola system has a special responsibility to protect this shared resource. This is why we set an aspirational goal of being water neutral by 2020.
Acknowledging the achievement thus far, Mr Kent continued, saying “While we have made significant progress toward making that goal a reality, we are more intent than ever to give back the equivalent of all the water that we use to communities and nature. And we will continue to do so after we meet the 100% goal.”
Strategies utilised by Coca-Cola include increasing water use efficiency in its plants, and returning water to watersheds and municipalities through wastewater treatment. Issues such as providing or improving access to safe water and sanitation and raising awareness on local water issues are also an important part of the program.