Monitoring compliance with all applicable requirements for environmental protection is an integral part of our daily activities.
On top of the mandatory compliance with legislative requirements, we also comply with the corporate standards KORE, which combine the most effective practices environmental protection. We implement the most effective environmental practices to achieve excellence in doing business.
Environmental impact minimization is one of the basic principles of our company and a part of its corporate culture.
The Company has adopted an environmental policy, the priorities of which are: reduce water used and treat the wastewater till the level that supports aquatic life, energy efficiency, decrease of CO2 emissions and waste generation, and an increase in waste recycling.
One of the main mechanisms to achieve the goals of the Environmental Policy is the Environmental Management System ISO 14001. Each year the company confirms compliance with the international standard ISO 14001.
In 2013 in addition to the audit standard ISO 14001, we successfully passed the recertification audit for compliance with the environmental requirements of KORE standards.
The company constantly invests in the modernisation of production processes. We are committed to make environmental culture an integral part of our lives.
Projects at Plant
Water is the main ingredient in beverage products, and an indispensable constituent of the production process.
Every year we do our best to save water resources and support initiatives focused on the rational use of water.
In 2014 the water use ratio was 2 litres per litre of produced beverage, which is 5.3% less than in 2013.
The company has successfully implemented the following projects:
- Water re-use
- Dry lubricants
- Equipment cleaning with activated electrochemical water (ECA-CIP).
The basic purpose of the project is collection of wastewater in specific tanks and re-using for technical equipment washing. After project implementation water saving equalled 40,000 m³ annually.
In reporting period at «Kvass Beverages» harvesting of the condensate from HVAC systems, air conditioners and coolers was introduced. Harvesting and re-use of evaporated water in the concentrate production workshop was established also. All these measures allowed for supplying boiler unit needs with reused water – as a result, the facilities decreased water consumption by 30-40 m³ per day.
The basic purpose of the project is to lubricate of technical equipment without water use. Water consumption decreased to 20,000 m³ annually.
Equipment cleaning with activated electrochemical water
This is the long-term project and it has been introduced in a phased approach. The implementation of the project allows washing technical equipment without chemical reagents and watering. Water saving reached 20,000 m³ annually.
We use the most powerful biological wastewater treatment technology. Wastewater is treated to a level that confirms to the requirements of local legislation and to the standards of the Coca-Cola Company. The water treatment process is monitored and controlled by an automated system.
There is a pond with red carps on the territory of the treatment facilities, which is filled with water from the plant.
Then purified water is used for car washing and for green plants watering in the territory of the plant.
Water re-use effectiveness is 25,000 m³ annually.
Water use ratio, litre per litre of produced beverage
Community Projects Aimed at Water Stewardship
Every Drop Matters
«Every Drop Matters» is a regional partnership initiative launched by the Coca-Cola Company and the United Nations Development Programme. It is aimed at nurturing a responsible attitude towards water resources and increasing access to safe drinking water. This project has been implemented in Kazakhstan, Armenia, Romania, Croatia, Russia, Moldova and Turkey, and since 2009 – in Ukraine. Since 2011 the project was expanded to the countries of Asia and Africa.
The purpose of «Every Drop Matters» in Ukraine is to rehabilitate and protect natural springs and to create recreation areas around them through the active engagement of local communities, authorities, youth and local businesses. The project works in three areas: 1) natural springs’ rehabilitation and the creation of recreational areas around them; 2) educational programmes on sound water management for school-children and teachers; 3) information campaigns and PR events on rational water usage. In this way the organisers aim to develop eco-culture and raise public awareness about water stewardship.
The first stage of the project focused on rural communities. From 2011 the project was scaled up to the municipalities. Overall 25 springs in 13 regions of Ukraine were renovated and recreation zones built around them. 11 education campaigns aimed at raising awareness on water saving were conducted. 352 pupils and 504 school teachers participated in the training. According to a survey among the schools which participated in the programme, water consumption in these schools decreased by 20%!
In 2013-2014, started the improving of wastewater treatment in local communities (residential municipal housing) through the implementation of partnership community projects on water replenishment to improve environmental, hygiene and sanitation situations. The projects on sewage systems construction in the municipal residential areas were launched and successfully implemented in four local communities in Saky, Tulchyn, and Novovolynsk towns. Thanks to these projects, 850 people can now enjoy necessary sewage utilities.
«Every Drop Matters» includes also a sub-project «Black Sea Box». It is an educational toolkit that includes guidelines for teachers and materials for children to raise their awareness of problems pertaining to the Black Sea area. It was launched in 2011 and is mainly distributed in the regions located on the Black Sea coast of Ukraine. However, in November 2012 it was presented to a national audience as well. An «open lesson» based on the «Black Sea Box» methods was delivered to 4th grade pupils of the Secondary School # 1 in the town of Ukrainianka in the Kyiv region at the Water Museum. Thanks to media present at the event, everyone in Ukraine could learn more about this unique methodology. In 2013 additional copies of the toolkit were issued. Altogether, 4,000 copies of the «Black Sea Box» were distributed in Ukraine, reaching 128,000 pupils!
On June 1, 2005 the Coca-Cola System signed an agreement on cooperation with the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR, a UN member).
Since then Coca-Cola Beverages Ukraine cooperates closely with local stakeholders to organise activities aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of Danube river protection and proper waste management behaviour. One of these activities is Danube Day, a joint pan-European event celebrated on June 29 simultaneously in 14 countries in the Danube basin.
In 2012 the two-day Danube Day celebration included a number of environmental contests along with the restoration of the fish population in Borzhava river, a Danube tribute and the festival «Tisza — Younger Sister of Danube» in Kvasovo village, in the Berehiv district of the Zakarpattia region.
Also rafting competitions were organised where five children’s teams drew maps of flood-protection constructions and cleaned the Tisza’s banks. As a result, 3.4 tonnes of plastic bottles were collected and 28 kilometres of the river banks were cleaned. More than 280 children from the districts of Zakarpattia and Prykarpattia regions participated in the two-day event.
In 2013 in Kvasovo village a waste collection system was set up. It consists of a constructed landfill for solid waste (jointly with the EU project «Waste Governance – ENPI East»), a sorting centre and containers for separate collection of recyclables (plastic bottles, glass and cardboard).
In addition, jointly with the local community three garbage jams of a total length of 50 metres were cleared, and 80 m3 of plastic waste and 15 tonnes of glass bottles were removed from the Borzhava river.
In 2014 Danube Day programme included «Give Fight To Plastic Bottles» contest among schoolchildren in Baranintsi village, Uzhgorod district. As a result, 521 kg of PET were collected and sent for recycling. More than 90 children from Uzhgorod district participated in “Danube Art Master” contest, demonstrating their artworks made of materials from rivershores.
In the reporting period Coca-Cola Beverages Ukraine provided waste collection systems in three villages of Zakarpattya region: Velyky Bychkiv village (Rakhiv district), Kvasovo (Beregiv district) and Baranintsi (Uzhgorod district) and set up a press equipment to compress bottles for recycling.
Fresh Water within Clean Coasts
The Crimean peninsula has unique in Ukraine flora and fauna. The steppe area is a breeding and stopover site, as well as wintering habitat for many bird species, including threatened and endangered species. Their lives as well as the life of everything on the Earth would be impossible without fresh water. The semi-arid climate in the Crimea requires special management of water which is really is priceless there. Wastes left by tourists along the coasts as well as the transcontinental garbage brought by every tide of the sea cause the silting and drying up of scarce water sources on the peninsula.
Since 2011 the Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Birds – a partner organisation of Birdlife International – receives grants from The Coca-Cola Foundation for the implementation of the «I Love My Seashore» project. Restoring large and small water sources in the Crimean steppe area, Kherson and Mykolaiv regions as well as educating local communities on synergetic water management and sustainable environmental development were the key objectives of the project. Within the educational component, five workshops on water management were organised and 1,000 copies of the brochure «Water and Shore Birds. A Mini-field guide» were issued and distributed among the local communities.
More than 1,500 volunteers participated in various activities within the 2012-2014 phase of the project. More than 60 tonnes of garbage was collected along over 100 kilometres of the coastal area.
International Coastal Clean-Up with Jazz Koktebel
International Coastal Clean-Up is the largest annual global environmental event when hordes of energetic volunteers descend on beaches, lakes, rivers, and streams all over the world to clean up trash and debris — along the shores and underwater. It is traditionally marked during the third Saturday of September. The Coca-Cola Company has globally partnered with Ocean Conservancy in this event since 1996. The project aims to minimise pollution of the world’s oceans by engaging volunteers in the clean-up, analysis of findings and investigation of scientific solutions to the issue.
In 2013 a partner to implement this simple, yet at the same time complex, project showed up – Jazz Koktebel Festival. The complex part of the project comes from the fact every piece of garbage found should be identified, counted and entered into the global form. The collected data will help the scientists from Ocean Conservancy analyse the origins of key littering sources and find solutions and influencers on human behaviour for the purpose of cleaner oceans.
The results obtained in Ukraine appeared to be in line with the global tendency: cigarette butts, beverage bottles and food wrappers are the most persistent forms of trash littering.
In 2013, 100 volunteers collected in total 12 tons of garbage on 5 hectares of the shoreline in Koktebel and the adjacent area. More than 25,000 people attended the festival having witnessed and sometimes joined in the environmental activity.
Cooperation with the Water Information Center
In 2009 Coca-Cola Ukraine and, in particular, BonAqua®, started cooperation with the Water Information Centre (Water Museum), aimed at raising public awareness and understanding of the water-related issues and positive changes in public opinion towards water preservation.
Annually BonAqua® and the Water Information Centre hold three open days: on the occasion of the World Water Day, Kyiv Day and Independence Day.
On the World Water Day – 2014, celebrated on 22 March, a new exposition was opened at the Water Museum in cooperation with BonAqua®. The exposition was made as a video projection, giving an opportunity to visitors to dive into the times when our Planet was formed and water appeared on the Earth.
Up to 2,000 people visit the Museum for free on each of the Open Days, where they learn interesting and useful information on water and efficient use of water resources.
Sustainable Packaging and Waste Management
Raw and Other Materials
The company continually introduces innovative projects for optimising the use of raw and other materials at all production stages.
In 2012-2014 the company continued to focus on film thickness and width reduction; light-weight PET bottles and responsible selection of suppliers of raw and other materials.
At «Kvass Beverages» the new dust-free transportation systems for malt and grain were introduced in the reporting period. This technology ensures that 100% of raw materials get into the production process without any pollution of the environment. And all the processed grain is transferred to livestock farms in the region.
PET bottles light-weighting in the reporting period, Coca-Cola Beverages Ukraine
PET bottles light-weighting in the reporting period, Kvass Beverages
In the reporting period we reduced PET bottles usage by 11.6% – from 11.6 thousand tons in 2012 to 10.2 thousand tons in 2014.
In 2013 a new eco-shape bottle for BonAqua® was successfully implemented. The new bottle shape decreased plastic use by approximately 20% per year, a saving 356 tonnes of plastic per year. It also prevents 879 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year into the atmosphere. This can be compared to the emissions discharged by 100,000 vehicles on roads.
In 2012 a project for a lightweight bottle neck and cap was successfully implemented. The new design of bottle neck made it lighter by 1.3 grams and the cap weight was reduced by 20%.
To manage solid waste generated during production we follow Green Office concept, conduct trainings on separate waste collection for emoployees, repair and reuse wooden pallets, partially use of crushed plastic in the production process.
Waste generated ratio, gram per litre of produced beverage
Green Day Programme
Since 2006, Coca-Cola in Ukraine organises a «Green Day» for employees, their families and friends.
For the Coca-Cola team Green Day is a great opportunity to prove that eco-responsibility is a part of our daily lives.
By active participation in the project, the company’s management encourages employees. The parents who participate in the event become great examples for their children.
In April 2012 our employees along with families and friends cleaned-up «Dorogozhychi» park in Kyiv. More than 150 participants collected about 2 tonnes of waste, installed 20 new dustbins, covered with bright environmentally-friendly drawings. The park became not only cleaner, but also more eco-stylish.
In May 2013 the eco-renewed BonAqua® brand invited everyone to clean Kyiv’s «Nyvky» park and prepare it for summer leisure. «Less plastic – more care for nature!» was the motto of the event.
The programme included cleaning, the planting of flowers, a bike ride, and a bottle-decorating master class for children. 200 Coca-Cola volunteers, divided in teams, collected 3 tonnes of waste overall. The eco-team that collected the biggest amount of waste won a prize – a new eco-branded bicycle!
In April 2014 Coca-Cola Beverages Ukraine joined the volunteer initiative «Let's Do It, Ukraine!», a part of the global environmental movement «Let's Do It, World!». For the first time in the history of company the event was held simultaneously in different branches across Ukraine. National Coca-Cola Green Day brought together more than 500 participants in the desire to make Ukraine cleaner.
Energy and Climate Change
Reducing our system’s emissions and adapting to climate realities is crucial for our business. Climate Change is one of the most significant challenges we face globally.
Projects at Plant
During the reporting period the following energy conservation measures were taken at Coca-Cola Beverages Ukraine:
- efficiency of quad generation plant was increased;
- compressed air system for 7 and 40 bar was improved;
- steam, air, CO2 leakage detecting programmes were implemented;
- LED lighting was launched;
- ventilation station at production and warehouses was improved;
- high-pressure compressors were recuparated.
All these initiatives resulted in reduction of energy use from 0.53 mJ per litre of beverage produced in 2013 to 0.49 in 2014.
Energy ratio (MJ per litre of produced beverage), Coca-Cola Beverages Ukraine
A number of measures to save natural gas and electric energy started when the Kvass Beverages plant was transferred to the management of the Coca-Cola System:
- Equipped over 50% of electric engines with frequency drives that ensures smooth regulation of the rotation frequency;
- At the production facilities, 40% of the incandenscent lamps were substituted with LED-lamps;
- Efficient steam boiler with a coefficient of efficiency of 94% and adjustable outgoing pressure depending on the production needs to be installed;
- A closed system with 100% condensate harvesting has been implemented;
- Thermal insulation of pipelines and tanks has been completed 100%;
- Steam reducers ensuring optimal pressure at each production unit have been installed.
Electricity consumption (kWt per litre of produced beverage), Kvass Beverages
Natural gas consumption (m3 per litre of produced beverage), Kvass Beverages
In 2012 the first of its kind in Ukraine energy efficient quad generation plant was launched on the territory of Coca-Cola Beverages Ukraine. This plant produces CO2, energy, steam, cold and hot water for the production needs of Coca-Cola. The plant’s technology allows for decreasing CO2 emissions by 40% and increasing energy efficiency by 32% compared to conventional power plants.
Aiming to reduce energy use and CO2 emissions, we replaced mercury lamps by the LED lighting at Coca-Cola Beverages Ukraine plant. This project allows saving 1.5 million kWt of energy per year.
The modernization of the ventilation station at Coca-Cola Beverages Ukraine plant and warehouses allows saving the heat by reducing natural gas consumption. The temperature sensors, blowers (air curtains) and gate systems quick recovery were installed at warehouses. As a result - we have reduced the use of natural gas for heating by 400,000 m3 per year.
Following the world’s tendency to minimise the impact of transportation and our CO2 emissions discharge into the atmosphere, the Eco Driving project was successfully launched by our company. The main objective of the project is to reduce emissions, fuel consumption by the company’s fleet and decrease the number of traffic accidents.
Community Projects Aimed at Climate Protection
Climate Change Camp
In addition to continual improvements at the production and in the office in 2013 the Coca-Cola Foundation supported the «Climate Change Camp» project organized by the Victor Pinchuk Fund. Through its scholarship programme «Zavtra.UA», the Fund has endeavoured to change public attitudes towards the topic, which still has a low level of public awareness in Ukraine.
The Climate Change Camp has gathered 200 university students from all over Ukraine near Dnipropetrovsk, an industrial heart of Ukraine, to listen to climate experts and generate ideas aimed at preventing the development of climate change.
The agenda of the four-day camp was busy with lectures, brain-storming sessions and group discussions, a clean-up the campus area, and a tour to Interpipe Steel plant.
It resulted in 15 group presentations on projects regarding energy efficiency, recycling and raising awareness. Project «Eco-Map» (www.eco-map.com.ua) won the contest, and the team received a grant from Coca-Cola Ukraine for creating an interactive map indicating collection points of recyclable wastes.
The first results of the project were presented during the second «Climate Change Camp» in Puscha-Vodytsia near Kyiv in August 2014. The Camp again gathered many students from all over Ukraine who are interested in the environmental theme to work on new ideas. This time “Battle for Water” won. The team offered a creative idea to produce a cartoon series promoting wise water use. Looking forward to see the results!
Anticipating UEFA EURO - 2012, Coca-Cola Ukraine launched the «Coca-Cola Ecofan – Change your city for UEFA EURO 2012!» The project aimed at helping Ukrainian cities to become better hosts of the Championship, unite young people around the idea of «eco-philosophy» and prove that citizens can make changes for the better by themselves – all they need is willingness, personal initiative and creativity. The main phase of the project was rolled out in 2012 across four host cities: Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, and Donetsk.
The project had digital and offline components and was carried out in 2 phases. During the first phase groups of activists were formed in two online platforms www.vkontakte.ru/ecofan and Facebook www.facebook.com/ecofanua. The online activities included quizzes, prize contests virtual meetings, flash-mobs, and they were interlinked with other social networks and relevant communities and blogs. The online community became a leader in the number of participants – more than 22,500!
Online activities translated into the real world in the cities and engaged volunteers to clean parks, city rivers, create an alternative New Year tree, plant trees and flowers, collect batteries for reuse, and participate in up-cycling master classes. More than 2,000 volunteers were engaged in the offline activities.
In the final results, Lviv City won the EcoFan project and received a grant for the implementation of the «Lviv Goes Green» project. Within this project which ran throughout 2013, around 20 lectures on environmental behaviour for schoolchildren were delivered, almost 100 parking places for bicycles and more than 120 sets of containers for recyclable items were installed.
The whole EcoFan project generated 340 million contacts with its audience – an impressive result for an environmental project.
The project also received several accolades at various PR and Marketing contests: second place in the «Pravda Awards»; a silver award at the Kyiv International Advertising Festival; and gold at the SABRE Awards.