Coca-Cola Hellenic addresses their water footprint in CSR water stewardship report for 2011
The total water footprint includes freshwater used in operations and throughout the supply chain. Using the Water Footprint Network methodology, Coca-Cola Hellenic calculated its footprint to be 970 billion litres in 2011.
It was found (which was to be expected) that most of their global water footprint lies in their supply chain. The blue water footprint mainly results from the irrigation of sugar beet, cane and corn. The green water footprint corresponds to rain water used e.g. by sugar beet, cane and corn, and the trees that were used to make palettes and cardboard. The grey water footprint indicates the pollution linked to agriculture and packaging manufacture.
The water footprint in operations account for only 2.2% of their wider water footprint while sugar accounts for 82%. Cocal-Cola Hellenic made a strong effort to reduce the operational water footprint and reduced it to be 58% smaller in 2011 than in 2004 (with the long-term goal to cut it down to 75% by 2020 with regard to the reference year 2004 --> milestones report:
In 2011, a pilot study assessed the sustainability of Coca-Cola's sugar beet's water footprint. Although the methodology and data are still imperfect, this pioneering work helps to focus future efforts (the report can be accessed here: www.thecoca-colacompany.com/citizenship/pdf/2011_europe-water-report.pdf).
To read the full report on water stewardship of Coca-Cola Hellenic, go to: http://csrreport.2011.coca-colahellenic.com/images/pages/files/download_center/Water_stewardship.pdf