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Press Release: Coca-Cola Enterprises' sustainability report reveals lowest ever water usage ratio and 15 percent reduction in operational carbon footprint

Company also introduces evolution in sustainability reporting model

LONDON, May 30, 2013 - Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE/Euronext Paris: CCE), which manufactures, bottles and markets Coca-Cola products in Western Europe, today published its 2012/2013 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) report, demonstrating significant achievements in carbon reduction, water usage and packaging recycling. The company also introduced a new digital reporting model to engage a wider range of audiences in its sustainability journey. 

The new report details a number of key achievements towards the company’s sustainability plan, including:

  • 5% reduction in CCE’s operational carbon footprint 
  • Lowest ever water usage ratio of 1.4 liters (the amount of water used to make one liter of product) 
  • 15 million bottles collected at the London 2012 Olympic Games reprocessed and returned to shelves within six weeks 
  • $3.9m invested across CCE’s communities, including active and healthy living programs 
  • Portfolio of low and no-calorie drinks expanded through introduction of products with stevia, a naturally-sourced, zero-calorie sweetener 
  • 100% of new coolers purchased HFC-free from January 2013 

“We want to lead our industry in being a responsible and sustainable business, by delivering today on the ambitious targets we have set and by leading change for a more sustainable tomorrow,” said John F. Brock, chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud of our continued progress but know there is more to do, working in partnership with all of our stakeholders.” 

CCE will publish its 2012/13 report entirely online. The company’s sustainability plan commits to addressing impacts across the entire value chain and within its communities, as well as within the four walls of its business. The new digital reporting model brings this approach to life, by inviting visitors to browse an animated town where homes, streets and factories provide a range of entry points to CCE’s CRS activities. Depending on stakeholders’ interest, they may explore a factory to understand how the company reduces its operational carbon footprint or enter a home to see how CCE understands and influences consumer recycling behavior in the household. 

The digital model will also incorporate a series of detailed fact sheets which report progress towards each target in CCE’s sustainability plan, aligned to GRI G3 guidelines. The report is self-certified at GRI level B+ and a detailed GRI index is available.

“We need to help people understand that our products are made locally and sustainably,” said Joe Franses, director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. “This new reporting approach will meet the needs of our technical expert audiences for detailed sustainability disclosure, while also representing our commitments in a more accessible format. It will help us engage the widest possible range of stakeholders in our sustainability journey, so they can provide input on their expectations of us and feedback on our performance.” 

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ABOUT CCE 

Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. (CCE) is the leading Western European marketer, producer, and distributor of non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages and one of the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottlers. CCE is the sole licensed bottler for products of The Coca-Cola Company in Belgium, continental France, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.

We operate with a local focus and have 17 manufacturing sites across Europe, where we manufacture nearly 90 percent of our products in the markets in which they are consumed. Corporate responsibility and sustainability is core to our business, and we have been recognized by leading organizations in North America and Europe for our progress in water use reduction, carbon footprint reduction, and recycling initiatives. For more information about our company, please visit our website and follow us on twitter at @cokecce

CONTACT: 

Dorothée de Montgolfier –  +44 (0) 7980 766 214

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