Green Power Partnership
|Organization Type||Food & Beverage|
|Percentage Green Power||5.6%|
|Awards/Recognition||Green Power Leadership Award 2012|
The Coca-Cola Company has a goal to grow its business but not its system-wide carbon emissions from manufacturing operations. The company is working toward reducing its absolute emissions from its manufacturing operations in Annex 1 (developed) countries by five percent by 2015, as compared to a 2004 baseline. In support of this goal, Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company that bottles, markets and distributes Coca-Cola’s soft drinks, bottled waters, juices and other non-alcoholic beverages throughout North America, recently entered into an exclusive agreement to purchase all of the energy generated from a 6.5 megawatt combined heat-and-power system in Atlanta, Georgia.
Commercial operation of the system began in April 2012, and it is the fifth-largest system of its kind in the U.S. Fueled by landfill gas, the system supplies electricity, steam, and chilled water to Coca-Cola's Atlanta Beverage Plant and is located adjacent to the plant. The project includes a vacuum-collection system that captures methane gas from a Georgia-based landfill, Hickory Ridge, and converts it to a clean-burning fuel. The system provides much of the facility’s energy needs and generates at least 48 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually. This is equivalent to eliminating the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the electricity use of more than 4,000 average American homes per year.
Helping to advance the use of alternative energy is a key component of The Coca-Cola Company’s Energy Efficiency and Climate Protection strategy in North America. Investing in energy efficiency projects like the landfill-gas-to-energy system creates multiple benefits. Looking ahead, Coca-Cola plans to continue to encourage its suppliers, customers, consumers and partners to operate more sustainably through activities such as sustainable sourcing, recycling, increased energy efficiency and the use of green power.