Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has reached a new environmental milestone, becoming the first company in the global food and beverage industry to achieve a new official standard that recognises energy management practices.
CCE’s largest manufacturing site, based at Wakefield in Great Britain, has been certified to the challenging new international energy management standard, ISO 50001, by SGS United Kingdom Ltd.
ISO 50001, introduced in June 2011, is the new energy management standard that aims to improve energy performance, reduce carbon emissions and create more energy efficient supply chains. To meet the ISO 50001 standard, organisations must not only establish an energy baseline and define energy goals, but also commit to ongoing monitoring and improvement.
This world first for the food and beverage industry demonstrates the Wakefield site’s industry leading commitment to maximising energy efficiency and sustainability across its supply chain and manufacturing operations. Since 2007 CCE has invested around £50million to make Wakefield one of the fastest, most efficient and sustainable producers of soft drinks in the world.
Ian Johnson, Coca-Cola Enterprises Operations Director at Wakefield said: “Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) is at the heart of our business, and we are committed to growing a low carbon, zero-waste business. It is fantastic that an internationally recognised external body has confirmed that at Wakefield we are deploying the right systems and employing the right approaches to deliver on our stretching CRS and energy goals.”
Daniel Watts, Management Systems Implementation Manager at Coca-Cola Enterprises said: “ISO has been the respected global organisation for setting international standards for decades. We’re very proud to be the first facility in the Coca-Cola system, and indeed in the global food and beverage industry, to successfully achieve this new energy management standard.
“The whole team at Wakefield is committed to reducing our impact on the environment whilst delivering the best service for our customers. Achieving this new standard, with third-party verification, shows how serious we are about our energy performance and will help us drive forward with new efficiencies and cut our carbon footprint, and costs, even further.”
Wakefield achieved its ISO 50001 certification following an in depth certification audit by SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification testing and certification company. CCE’s Wakefield was the first facility in Europe to work with SGS on achieving the ISO 50001.
SGS auditor, Ana Inacio, said: “The energy efficiency improvement projects in CCE Wakefield are an excellent example of how a global company can take the leadership and make a difference in the sustainability arena.”
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