YOU CAN’T BEAT THE RENEWABLE THING: COCA-COLA AMATIL MAKES 100% CLEAN ENERGY SWITCH

One of the world’s best-known brands is making the switch to 100% clean energy, with Coca-Cola Amatil announcing today it will power all of its Australian operations by renewable electricity by 2025.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific welcomed Coca-Cola Amatil’s clean energy pledge, with REenergise Campaign Director Lindsay Soutar saying that committing to 100% renewable electricity is a big step in the right direction for the soft drink giant.

“Coca-Cola Amatil switching its Australian operations to 100% clean energy by 2025 shows that you can’t beat the renewable thing,” she said.

“Greenpeace is the last organisation you’d expect to find cheering on an announcement from Coca-Cola Amatil. But in this instance we think they’re doing the right thing by switching to 100% renewables, and committing to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.”

“Coca-Cola Amatil is one of Australia’s major energy users. Coke committing to 100% renewable electricity will reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and put pressure on other major businesses to make the switch.”

“Coca-Cola Amatil joins big brands like Woolworths, Bunnings and Telstra who’ve committed to 100% renewable electricity. They recognise that it’s a crucial part of their responsibility to tackle climate change, and increasingly, what their customers want to see.”

“As our Federal leaders dither over an inadequate net-zero by 2050 emissions reduction target, they’re being out-run by Australian businesses who are rapidly transitioning to renewable energy, and setting net zero goals for ten years earlier. When even Coca-Cola’s doing more for the environment than our government is, it shows it’s time for Australia to up its climate ambition.”

Coca-Cola Amatil’s 100% renewable announcement, made as part of the company’s 2020-2040 Sustainability Strategy, sets out the company’s goal to achieve net zero direct carbon emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 2040 and 100% renewable electricity in Australia and New Zealand by 2025.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific is still calling on Coca-Cola Amatil to commit all of its global operations to 100% renewable electricity and join over 280 businesses worldwide in the RE100 initiative, which brings together some of the world’s largest and most ambitious companies on renewable energy.

Lindsay Soutar said that, while Greenpeace Australia Pacific welcomes the company’s renewable energy announcement, it’s not letting Coca-Cola off the hook on other environmental issues.

“While this is a welcome step, Coca-Cola Amatil still has a lot of work to do on its environmental impact, such as banning single use plastic drink bottles, one of the biggest contributors to harmful plastic pollution ” she said.

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