The care of our environment and our natural resources is fundamental to be able to fulfill our principle of generating the economic, social and environmental conditions necessary to operate and grow over time in harmony with the environment. In Coca-Cola FEMSA we seek to be a leading company in the care of our environment through the continuous improvement of our processes, the search for new technologies that favor the reduction of our environmental impacts, contributing to the formation of an environmental awareness in all levels of our production chain and in the communities where we operate.
As part of the Sustainability Strategy, we have the axis of Our Planet with the main objective of minimizing the environmental impact of our operations. It has 3 areas of action: Water, optimally managing the consumption of this precious resource, Energy, efficiently using energy in the production and logistics processes while reducing our carbon footprint and Waste and Recycling, ensuring that we have the packaging with the best environmental performance and responsibly managing waste from our operations.
We have the long-term goal of returning to nature the same amount of water that we use to make our drinks. Therefore, we continually make investments and improvements to optimize water consumption in our production processes. The result of average water consumption per liter of beverage produced in 2017 was 2.07 liters against 3.94 liters in 2006. Our water strategy seeks to reduce our consumption through technologies and efficiencies, treat 100% of wastewater of our manufacturing processes, replenish and conserve water sources.
In 2017 we managed to produce an average of 2.77 liters of beverage per mega joule consumed. We also seek the use of the best technology in our transportation system and refrigeration equipment to reduce its environmental impact.
We constantly improve the environmental performance of our packaging, having 100% recyclable packaging that uses up to 10% of recycled material with Bottle to Bottle technology. In addition, in our operation in Uruguay, 85% of our waste is recycled. We generate 14.2 grams of waste per liter of drink and we work to permanently reduce the generation in our plant.
We have the long-term goal of returning to nature the same amount of water that we use to make our drinks.
Coca-Cola FEMSA Uruguay receives students from the Technological Baccalaureate in Administration, Information, and Technology Communication (ICT) and to complement their educational process by carrying out activities together with a professional company that guides them in training and provides them with the necessary support so that your experience within the company is successful. For two years Coca-Cola FEMSA has been accompanying this institution, both as a training company and as a student grant.
Together with Endeavor Uruguay, this initiative is carried out with the objective of strengthening female entrepreneurship in the country, through different training and training services, including on-line business courses, individual and group mentoring with the objective of making grow your business. More than 680 women have managed to invest / grow / boost their business during the first edition of this program.
WATER RECOVERY PROGRAM
Together with the Avina Foundation, the Indra Foundation, the departmental government and the national government, a program of conservation of water sources and recovery of the native forest of the Lunarejo Valley, a protected area in the department of Rivera, is being carried out. From 2016 year to 2020 the recovery of more than 3,000 hectares is planned.
CONTAINER MANAGEMENT PLAN
Together with the Chamber of Industries of Uruguay, the Ministry of Housing, Territorial Planning and the Environment, the Ministry of Social Development and the Municipalities, we are part of the Container Management Plan, bringing together more than 2,400 companies.