Coca-Cola Achieves Carbon Neutrality at Bidadi Plant

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Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverage Pvt Ltd (HCCB), one of India’s leading FMCG companies, announced that its bottling plant in the Bidadi Industrial Area, 70-kms from Bengaluru, has been certified as carbon neutral. This is the first bottling plant of Coca- Cola in India and Southwest Asia region to achieve this milestone. The certification PAS 2060 was issued by DNV, the globally accredited registrar and classification society.

This achievement, a press note stated, aligns with HCCB’s ambition to reach Net Zero by 2050 and to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its value chain by 25% by 2030. This target prioritises the reduction of   emissions across its value chain before investing in verified carbon offset projects.

Since 2020 the Bidadi facility has been reducing its carbon footprint by sourcing over 90% of its power from renewable energy. To address residual emissions at the Bidadi facility, HCCB plans to purchase the Gold Standard certified carbon credits project in India further solidifying its commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2024. The company is also working on water replenishment initiatives, support for nature-based solutions, biodiversity enhancement, and promotion of regenerative agriculture in collaboration with suppliers and farmers.

In 2021, The Coca-Cola Company committed to a 25% absolute reduction in carbon emissions from its 2015 baseline and to achieving Net Zero GHG emissions by 2050 applicable across its operations globally.

Incorporated on 14th February 1997 HCCB serves 25 lakh retailers, 3,500 distributors, and 6,000 employees. 250,000 farmers grow the agricultural produce that HCCB uses in making its products. The company is headquartered in Bangalore and its operations are spread in 22 states, 3 UTs, and 376 districts in South, West, and Eastern India. Through its 16 factories spread across India, it manufactures and sells 60 different products across 7 categories. Its band basket includes Coca-Cola, Thums Up, Sprite, Minute Maid, Maaza, SmartWater, Kinley, Limca and Fanta.

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