29 February, 2020

Carbon cuts at Coca-Cola Amatil

Carbon cuts at Coca-Cola Amatil

Coca-Cola Amatil has announced it is on track to source 60% of its energy from low-carbon and renewables by next year, as part of its push to improve manufacturing sustainability.

Amatil’s newly released 2018 Sustainability Report shows the company presently sources the equivalent of 56.2% of its energy from low-carbon or renewables, principally wind, solar and natural gas.

Speaking at the Report’s launch, Group Managing Director Alison Watkins said a further expansion of solar would help the company reach its 60% target by 2020.

“Bottling is energy-intensive, so our shift to low-carbon and renewables is a significant change,” Watkins said.

“We’ve focused on natural gas, solar and wind, but we’re open to other technologies and will look at how these can be incorporated in our operations.

“We’re keen to support sustainability but renewables also have to make commercial sense.

“That’s why we’re pleased that the bulk of our low-carbon and renewable energy was sourced at a market competitive price versus traditional power.

“For example, we entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with Victoria’s Murra Warra Wind Farm near Horsham. Through this arrangement we and other consortium members secure long-term supply and price security at competitive rates.

“We’re rolling out more renewable energy at our facilities, with new solar panels this year at Amatil facilities in Eastern Creek, Richlands and Kewdale in Australia, and Cibitung in Indonesia.

“There’s more to be done, but we’re happy with progress and urge other manufacturers to take a fresh look at their own low-carbon and renewable options.”

Other recent Coca-Cola Amatil sustainability outcomes include:
• 100% of bottles and cans are recyclable or reusable, including all popular ranges such as Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Barista Bros, Mount Franklin and Pump

• From next year, all plastic bottles 600ml and under to be made from 100% recycled materials

• Removal of all plastic drinking straws and stirrers, replaced with biodegradable paper straws

• Support for container deposit schemes in NSW, WA, Qld, SA and ACT

• Partnership with Keep Australia Beautiful to educate, inspire and take action on better recycling opportunities

Coca-Cola Amatil is also a founding supporter of Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets:

• 100% of Australian packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable

• 70% of plastic packaging to be recycled or composted;

• 30% average recycled content to be included across all packaging

• Problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic packaging to be phased out through design, innovation or introduction of alternatives. 

Pictured main: Amatil solar panels at Eastern Creek