Coca-Cola exceeds water replenishment goal
Global drinks giant Coca-Cola has exceeded its 2020 target to replenish all the water used in its beverages five years early.
The company said it returned an estimated 192 billion litres of water to nature and communities in 2015 through community water projects. The amount is the equivalent to 115% of the water at its plants.
The firm created the goal in 2007 and worked with US-based conservation organisation the Nature Conservancy and water specialists LimnoTech to develop a methodology for measuring water use.
Progress towards the target has been verified by Deloitte. According to the consultants’ report on performance in 2015, Coca-Cola increased water replenishment by almost 38.5 million litres compared with 2014; reduced annual sediment loads by around 2.66 million tonnes; cut the release of pollutants, such as nutrients and pathogens, by 88 tonnes; and provided almost 1.5 million people will full ...