Coca-Cola Improves Water Efficiency, But Misses Goal

In its latest CSR report, the Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) said it it has improved energy and water-use efficiency by roughly 13% since 2004. However, the company came up short of its goal to return to the environment all water used in its manufacturing process by 2010.

The company did not have complete data for 2010, but estimated that 94% of facilities were compliant with internal wastewater treatment standards. Coca-Cola said work is underway to bring the remaining facilities into compliance by the end of 2011.

The company currently uses an average of 2.36 liters of water to make one liter of beverage.

The company’s seventh CSR report summarizes progress across seven core areas of business sustainability: Beverage Benefits; Active Healthy Living; Community; Energy Efficiency and Climate Protection; Sustainable Packaging; Water Stewardship; and Workplace.

In 2010, the company delivered 2.5 billion of its PlantBottle packages that contain up to 30% renewably sourced bioplastic. By 2020 the company wants to bottle all of its products in PlantBottles.

In addition, the company said it avoided the use of approximately 85,000 metric tons of primary packaging through system-wide packaging efficiency efforts, and "supported" the recovery of 36% of the bottles and cans placed into the market.

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