Coca-Cola HBC commits to net zero emissions by 2040


Coca-Cola HBC announced a commitment to achieving net zero emissions across its entire value chain by 2040, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

Via an existing, approved science-based target, by 2030 the company will reduce its value chain Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in scopes 1,2, and 3 by 25%, with a further 50% reduction in the following decade. To address the 90% of emissions in scope 3 resulting from third-party actions, CCH will broaden its existing partnership approach with suppliers. Wherever the issue cannot be eliminated entirely, the business will mitigate these by investing in other climate protection measures.

Commenting on the announcement, Zoran Bogdanovic CEO of Coca-Cola HBC AG said, “This commitment is the ultimate destination of a journey that we started many years ago. It is fully aligned with our philosophy to support the socio-economic development of our communities and to make a more positive environmental impact.  Both are integral to our future growth. Although we don’t yet have all the answers, our plan, track record, and partnership approach give us confidence that we will deliver”.

To achieve its goal Coca-Cola HBC will:
Invests EUR 250 million by 2025 in initiatives that aim to significantly reduce GHG emissions from business operations
Decarbonize further direct operations by switching to 100% renewable electricity and low carbon energy sources through continuous improvements and innovations in energy efficiency
Accelerate its journey to a more circular, lower carbon packaging approach by increasing rPET use, adopting packageless and refillable options, removing plastics in secondary packaging
Provide energy-efficient and eco-friendly coolers to customers 
Reduce GHG emissions from agricultural ingredients 
Implement a “Green Fleet” program to switch to low and no carbon alternatives 

In addition, Coca-Cola HBC has introduced CO2 emission reduction targets as one of the elements in its long-term management incentive plans.

In the last decade, the company has halved its direct emissions and the CO2 reduction plan to 2030 is already endorsed and approved on the 1.5-degree pathway.  In March 2021, Coca-Cola HBC was rated the world’s most sustainable beverage company by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the fifth time in the last seven years, achieving its highest ever score. It is also ranked among the top sustainability performers in ESG benchmarks such as CDP, MSCI ESG and FTSE4Good. 

Coca-Cola HBC's partners endorse commitment

“We are delighted to work together with our customer Coca-Cola HBC on our mutual 2030 science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and longer-term net-zero aspirations. By working as a team, we will strive to cut the product carbon footprint of beverage cans in half by 2030," said Kathleen Pitre, chief commercial and sustainability officer, Ball Corporation.

“Crown is proud to be a supply partner of Coca-Cola HBC and of its commitment to sustainability. Their ambitious new sustainability goals align with our own initiatives, including our own Net Zero and science-based-targets, and we are fully on board for this journey," noted John M. Rost, vice president, sustainability & regulatory affairs, Crown Holdings, Inc. 

“As Tetra Pak also has a net zero target and SBTi approved 1.5o aligned 2030 targets, we look forward to working with Coca-Cola HBC to reduce GHG emissions and together achieve our joint aims," added Markus Pfanner, vice president sustainability Tetra Pak 

The new commitment is also endorsed by the “We Mean Business” coalition and Coca-Cola HBC has joined the list of companies supporting the “Race to Zero” initiative.

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