Reduction of Emissions

Eficiencia EnergéticaAs described in the General Strategy for Adapting to Climate Change, Arca Continental has set a series of goals for 2020:

1. Lower the company’s carbon footprint by 17.5% vs. 2010

2. Reduce the number of Megajoules (MJ) of electricity required to produce a liter of beverage by 11% compared to 2010

3. Obtain at least 30% of the company’s electricity from renewable sources

Since 2014, the organization’s general strategy for lowering its greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change has been reported to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), and to the GEI Program Mexico of the Mexican Environmental Protection Agency (SEMARNAT) and CESPEDES. In 2016, for the first time, we sent a report to CDP Water and CDP Value Chain with very positive feedback from our investors.

Thanks to our Emissions Reduction Program, which we first implemented in 2010, Arca Continental’s greenhouse gas emissions fell significantly in 2016. Through this program, we keep a detailed record of our energy consumption and of the fuel used in our operations, enabling us to monitor the results of our different emissions reduction initiatives and find areas of opportunity for continuous improvement. These initiatives include multiple programs to optimize our operations, renewable energy sourcing and the substitution of inputs with more environmentally friendly options.

As a result of all these efforts, during 2016 our beverage operations reached an emissions indicator of 23.75 grCO2e per liter of beverage, placing us less than 6% short of our 2020 goal.

  • Energy Consumption Efficiency

    We have implemented the esKO Top 10 Energy Savings Challenge across our operations. This worldwide program brings together Coca-Cola System bottling companies to lower their carbon footprint by reducing energy consumption and implementing best practices that have been identified through experience and time. As of yearend 2016, 13 of our production centers in Mexico had been certified in this program and we plan to certify seven more in 2017. We have also begun the process to certify our plants in South America.                

    Programa de Reforestacion

    Thanks to the implementation and follow-up of energy efficiency projects, such as the optimization of refrigeration systems and installing of highly energy efficient appliances, we have reduced the energy consumed per liter of beverage produced by 10.9% compared to 2010.

    As part of our energy efficiency programs, we have a Measurement System that monitors energy use at eight plants in Mexico, giving us detailed consumption data by area, line and machinery. We have also designated resources for Sustainable Construction, which has given our Corporate Building LEED Silver certification, and our new construction plan includes a forward-looking concept for managing waste, emissions and water. 

  • Renewable Energy Use

    Since 2011, we have been increasing our use of renewable energy, in order to reach our 2020 goal of obtaining at least 30% of our electricity from renewable sources. As a result, today, 41% of the electricity used by our Mexican operations comes from such sources, with 45% from biomass co-generation and 55% from wind sources. To reach our company-wide goal, we will redouble our efforts through the implementation of two strategies:

    • We will invest heavily in PIASA to increase electricity production through cogeneration with biomass. Through this project, our Mexican operations will obtain more than half of their electricity from renewable sources.

    • We will explore options to generate electricity from this kind of source in South America.

  • Sustainable Construction Manual

    After several years of development and identification of best practices, in 2016 Arca Continental published a Sustainable Construction Manual, which is based on the following international practices and certifications:

    • LEED Certification of the Green Building Council for new constructions

    • SHARE Standards of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

    • Recommendations and guidelines of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    • International Green Construction Code, Version 2.0 (IGCC)

    The Manual, which is in constant revision and updated to ensure that it always includes leading-edge, world-class best practices, underscores the importance of training all those involved in building maintenance and operation in order to assure the optimum, responsible use of the buildings and installed technologies.

    Construcción Sustentable

  • Strategy for Adapting to Climate Change

    As well as having various goals that contribute to climate change mitigation, our Human Capital and Sustainability Committee has designed a strategy to adapt our operations to the changes we are already experiencing. For example, we have identified regions where the effects of climate change represent a significant risk from water shortage, and have begun to prepare scenarios for adapting our operations in those regions, taking into consideration not only production activities but also the local communities.

    Our evaluations have identified a plant that is particularly vulnerable to the physical effects of climate change and we are currently designing a plan that will enable us to react in the face of extreme natural events and help affected local communities.