“Water” is indispensable to our business. It is because of this precious gift from nature that we are able to manufacture and sell beverages.
Water used in our corporate group is divided into two main categories: “water used for manufacturing” and “water used in products”.
“Water used for manufacturing” is used for cleansing and cooling purposes, and it is collected and processed after each use in order to be cyclically reused as cleansing and cooling water until eventually being released back into nature after proper disposal treatment.
“Water used in products” is returned to nature through our forest preservation activities that enhance the cultivation and nurturing of rich underground water.
In 2014, we expanded our forest preservation area, which is the water source for our plants, and today, we cover 100% of the water source cultivation area needed to produce sufficient underground water for one year’s worth of water used in our products.
As part of The Coca-Cola Company’s environmental objectives to become a global leader in water source protection by 2020, Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Inc. has been making efforts to achieve our water goal: Safely return to communities and nature an amount of water equal to what we use in our finished beverages and their production since 2010.We focus on three activities: reducing water used in the manufacturing process, recycling of water used in the manufacturing process, and replenishing the water in the regional community. By working together with community partners, our goal was achieved four years earlier than the target year of 2020.
All the plants of Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Inc. identify the water source and scientifically investigate if there are any issues in water volume and quality. Furthermore, we engage in water source protection activities together with the communities and specialists so that the water source can continue producing water in a sustainable manner.
In order to prevent any wasteful use of natural resources, our plants strictly manage the volume of water used to manufacture our products.
We constantly review the manufacturing processes and plant facilities to make improvements and to reduce water usage every year as much as possible.
At the plants, we meticulously examine water quality on a daily basis to confirm there are no issues with the extracted water.
By doing so, we carefully monitor the water’s “health” since it is the basic ingredient for producing safe products to be consumed by people.
Also, as part of efforts to maintain water quality that meets Coca-Cola system standards, we constantly take heed of the changes in the environment surrounding our plants.
Water used for cleansing and water used for heating. Water is used in various manufacturing processes in addition to its use in products.
Water used for cleansing is recycled into fresh water using special equipment and then reused for cleaning plant facilities. Thus, we have succeeded in reusing an average of 28% of all water used in manufacturing and are contributing to the elimination of wasteful use.
Water used at plants is returned to nature after proper water treatment.
Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Inc. not only manages wastewater from plants in a manner that meets the standards specified by the country and local authorities but also a set of originally developed standards.
We rigorously monitor wastewater throughout the treatment process to prevent any possible leaks of untreated water.