Coca-Cola Enterprises named Low Carbon Fuel champions

Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK: Coca-Cola Enterprises has been awarded the Low Carbon Fuel Initiative of the Year award at the LowCVP Low Carbon Champion Awards, in recognition of its introduction of biomethane trucks to its north London fleet.

Coca-Cola was the first in the logistics sector to trial a dedicated biomethane heavy goods truck in Great Britain.  Biomethane is gas derived from the anaerobic digestion of waste, as occurs in landfills and once treated can be used as a transport gas. During the year long trial, Coca-Cola saw CO2 reductions, coupled with improved air quality and noise level benefits.  As a result of this success, Coca-Cola invested £1.75m on a fleet of 14 biomethane-powered vehicles and associated infrastructure.  Biomethane has much lower carbon intensity than diesel and Coca-Cola expects the trucks to generate carbon savings of more than 60%, compared to conventional diesel.

The award also acknowledges the work Coca-Cola has been doing to reduce environmental impact across its value chain, through methods including Logistics Network optimisation and development of new rail delivery routes.

The award was presented during a reception at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on Monday 14 November 2011.  Coca-Cola beat strong entries to win the award which assessed ability to demonstrate quantifiable emissions reductions; innovation; stakeholder engagement and evidence of activities to reduce carbon impact of other parts of the business.

Darren O’ Donnell, fleet logistics manager at Coca-Cola Enterprises said: “It is with great pride that the team celebrates winning this accolade from the LowCVP awards. Transporting our products currently accounts for 11% of CCE’s carbon footprint. We are working hard to reduce this by innovating processes and maximising efficiency as well as investing in alternative fuels.  Receiving this award is a great indication that we are moving in the right direction.”

Improving fleet efficiency is crucial to Coca-Cola achieving its goal to reduce the carbon footprint of its business operations by 15% (as compared to 2007 baseline) by 2020.

A report on Coca-Cola’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability is available.

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