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Sustainability Project Management
This year marks the 125th anniversary of my beverage of choice - Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola was created in Atlanta, Georgia, by pharmacist Dr. John Pemberton on May 8th, 1886 and in its first year only 9 glasses of the beverage were sold. Today, the Coca-Cola company sells 1.7 billion beverage servings per day on average, and its product portfolio has expanded to offer more than 3,500 beverage choices to consumers. One hundred and twenty-five years later, Coca-Cola is sold in more than two hundred countries worldwide – but that just scratches the surface of what the company is about. In addition to being the world’s number one beverage producer, Coca-Cola is leading the charge, around the world in sustainability; especially in the areas of waste reduction, renewable forms of energy and water conservation.
The Coca-Cola Company leads the charge in sustainable waste management and reduction throughout the world. In November of 2009 the Coca-Cola Company introduced the first generation PlantBottle™ packaging, the only fully recyclable PET bottle made with 30% plant-based material available today. In December of 2011, Coca-Cola announced that it was partnering to develop plastic bottles made entirely from plants. The company sees this move as the next step in achieving sustainable practices in both sourcing and packaging supply. In June of 2012, Coca-Cola announced the formation of the Plant PET Technology Collaborative with Ford Motor Company, Heinz Company, Nike, Inc. and Procter and Gamble a group that will focus on the development and rapid implementation of a packaging made entirely of plants. Coca-Cola’s innovations are leading to change in multiple industries.
Energy conservation is another area where Coca-Cola Company has focused much of its...