The Netherlands – Coca-Cola in the Netherlands has announced that its Dongen site expects to be completely CO2-neutral from 2023 onwards.
The company considers it important, especially now, to continue investing in sustainability and to reduce its environmental effects, from manufacturing to packaging. This commitment is part of the goal of Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) to achieve Net Zero emissions across its supply chain by 2040. Dongen is one of 6 Coca-Cola European Partners sites to become Co2-neutral as part of CCEP’s Net Zero 2040 ambition. To this end, Coca Cola is also beginning a partnership with Eneco to supply locally produced renewable electricity.
Electric vehicles already in use
About 85% of the Coca-Cola beverages sold in the Netherlands, such as Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite and Fuze Tea, are manufactured in the Dongen factory. The first moves in achieving this carbon free production site ambition have also been taken, including the conversion to electric vehicles on site (forklift trucks and road sweepers). The plant also expects to upgrade from gas boilers to entirely electrical heat pumps, and to transform the heating system from steam to hot water by means of an internal heat recovery network. In order to complete the transition from coal to green energy, the gas-powered shrink furnace will be replaced by an electric furnace.
Local wind and solar power of Eneco
The partnership with Eneco to generate local and sustainable energy is an important part of the transition to a carbon neutral plant. The Dongen plant has been powered by renewable energy since 2010 and will supply renewable electricity from the new ‘de Wildert’ solar farm in 2022, which is being built around 300 meters from the factory. This energy will be complemented by a ‘de Spinder’ wind farm located within 3.5 kilometers of the production site.