Coca-Cola Canada Shines A Light On Efficient Lighting

Coca-Cola Co. has been transforming its manufacturing and distribution to save energy, reduce carbon footprint, water usage, and material usage in its 600,000 sq. ft. Brampton, Ontario facility.

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For several years Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. has been transforming its manufacturing and distribution to save energy, reduce carbon footprint, water usage, and material usage in its 600,000 sq. ft. Brampton, Ontario facility, one of its largest in North America, reports Environmental Leader.

Housing the plant, management team, and warehouse, the facility has three plastic bottling lines, one bag-in-box line producing syrup for national accounts, one pre-mix line for the restaurant business, and one canning line.

Located within the eco-business zone around Toronto Pearson International Airport, Coca-Cola in Brampton collaborates on green projects with local businesses. Under the stewardship of Partners in Project Green, businesses participate in programs to reduce energy and resource costs, uncover new business opportunities, and address everyday operational challenges in a green and cost-effective manner. Other companies in this program include Unilever, Walmart and Kraft.

Sustainability decisions are becoming an integral part of the business decision making, commercialization and capital management processes, the three-year business planning process, and customer and supplier relationships. The goal is to reduce the overall carbon footprint of business operations by 15 percent by 2020, as compared to the 2007 baseline.

The Brampton operation converted to an energy efficient lighting system that uses 50 percent less energy and provides 50 percent more light. These new fixtures also operate on motion sensors for even greater savings, improving efficiency by 35 percent. In the distribution channels, the company installed 2,000 EMS-55 energy management devices, which activate lights and adjust cooling based on use in vending machines. In addition, 1,400 climate-friendly coolers were installed at the 2010 Olympic Games to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 5,600 metric tons, the equivalent of taking about 1,200 cars off the road for an entire year.

To help reach its water usage goals the company developed and used a water conservation toolkit to conserve water. It implemented recycle and reclaim water loops through the plant’s membrane water treatment system, and installed a new osmotic water recovery system designed to reclaim nearly 11 million liters of water for production. Water based container rinsers were replaced with ionized air rinsers and the lubrication system on all production lines was retrofitted to discontinue water use, saving approximately 28 million liters of water annually.
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