Water is critical to beverage companies such as Coca-Cola, with which the ICPDR pursues the “Green Danube Partnership” for over 10 years. Coca-Cola shares water sources with communities across the world, with many areas being water stressed.
To help address this global challenge, in 2007 Coca-Cola set the goal to replenish the water it uses in its finished beverages by 2020. Today, the company announced that it is on track to meet the 100% replenishment goal in 2015—five years ahead of schedule.
Based on independent third-party verification (see link below), and through partnering with organisations such as the ICPDR, the Coca-Cola system is replenishing an estimated 94% of the water used in its finished beverages based on 2014 sales volume.
Since 2004, Coca-Cola has replenished an estimated 153.6 billion liters of water back to communities and nature through 209 diverse, locally focused community water projects in 61 countries, including the engagement along the Danube.
In addition, Coca-Cola returns the water used to produce beverages back to nature through high-quality treatment of wastewater. It is also working to upgrade its system-wide facilities to improve water use efficiency— improved approximately 24% from 2004 to 2014—and on implementing source water protection plans and vulnerability assessments in all facilities globally.
Whilst this replenish announcement is an important milestone on which occasion the ICPDR has reason to congratulate its business partner, the Coca-Cola system has also pledged to continue and scale its efforts towards sustainable water management.