Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) has been awarded platinum certification – the highest level of certification – for its manufacturing site in Dongen, Netherlands.

The certification comes from the global Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), a global membership collaboration that drives, recognises and rewards good water stewardship performance. It is the first site in the Netherlands to be awarded such certification.

To optimise its water usage the site launched a collaboration with local partners to coordinate communal uses for water and they adapted the factory’s line that washes used bottles that now means only reused, clean water is used.  

Joe Franses, VP Sustainability at CCEP said: “Water is an essential resource across our value chain, and we need to treat it with the care it deserves. Good water stewardship is a key part of our sustainability strategy, so we’re delighted that the important work that has been taking place in Dongen has been recognised by AWS. We are aiming to make all our production facilities as water efficient as possible, by reducing our water consumption on a continual basis and protecting local water sources for future generations.”

The commitment towards effective water stewardship is outlined in CCEP’s sustainability statement, in which the company aims to reduce water use in manufacturing by 20 per cent by 2025. As per CCEP’s latest update, they have seen a 13.7 per cent reduction since 2010 in the amount of water used to create one litre of product.

The site in Dongen is part of a CCEP program that aims for at least six of its sites to become carbon neutral by the end of 2023, which is a key component of CCEP’s Net Zero 2040 ambition.

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