Top Soda Companies Achieve Water Sustainability Goals

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to National Geographic, the water it takes to produce the average American diet alone – about 1,000 gallons per person per day – is more than the global average water footprint of 900 gallons per person per day for diet, household use, transportation, energy, and the consumption of material goods. To put it in perspective, just one cup of coffee takes 55 gallons of water to make, with most of that water used to grow the coffee beans.

Two of the largest soda manufacturers, the Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo, have announced that they have reached their goals for water sustainability. The Coca-Cola Company and its global bottling partners, the Coca-Cola system, announced that they have met their target to replenish the equivalent amount of water used in their global sales volume back to nature and communities.

The Coca-Cola system also announced progress against its water efficiency goal. The company and its bottling partners improved water use efficiency by 2.5 percent from 2014 to 2015, adding to a cumulative 27 percent improvement since 2004.Likewise, PepsiCo has announced continued progress against the company's strategy to help protect and conserve global water supplies.

In 2015, PepsiCo reduced its operational water use per unit of production by 26 percent versus a 2006 baseline. PepsiCo also continues to expand its efforts to provide access to safe water in water-stressed communities around the world. Through the PepsiCo Foundation, the company has partnered with leading nonprofits to now reach nine million people with safe water access since 2006, far exceeding its original goal of six million by the end of 2015.

The Coca-Cola system has achieved its water replenishment goals through 248 community water partnership projects in 71 countries focused on safe water access, watershed protection and water for productive use. Coca-Cola’s replenishment strategy supports the company’s overall water goal to safely return to communities and nature an amount of water equal to what is used in its beverages and their production.

On the production side, the Coca-Cola system returned approximately 145.8 billion liters of water used in its manufacturing processes back to local watersheds near its bottling plants through treated wastewater in 2015.

PepsiCo’s global water stewardship strategy has led to a reduction in absolute water usage in its operations by about 3.2 billion liters in 2015, while still growing its beverage and snacks manufacturing volume. In Jordan, PepsiCo's business has cut water usage by more than 40 percent per unit of production since 2006.

PepsiCo has developed and deployed a direct seeding machine for rice farmers in India, enabling participating growers to save more than 10 billion liters of water since 2013.The PepsiCo Foundation has partnered with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) since 2008 to reach underserved communities across Latin American and the Caribbean with innovative water solutions.

The company is also contributing to “Recycle for Nature,” a five-year partnership between PepsiCo and The Nature Conservancy that aims to protect U.S. drinking water sources by recycling beverage bottles and cans.

Source: Water World

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