Patrick Wittweiler on the issue of CO2: "We have set very specific goals to reduce CO2". Valser Mineral Springs is certified as a company with a good carbon footprint.
Valser Mineral Springs have been certified by Swiss Climate as a company with a good carbon footprint. Patrick Wittweiler, who had the honor of receiving the quality label, is delighted about this award. "We have been optimizing our carbon footprint for many years now. In order to obtain the certificate, we examined all our business activities and submitted all of the relevant data," says the Head of the Sustainability Department at Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland.
The first CO2-neutral mineral water in Switzerland
The goal's within reach: Valser wants to be the first CO2-neutral mineral water in Switzerland. "It won't be long until we reach our goal, and the whole company is working hard to achieve it."
In addition to certification by Swiss Climate, the company has defined precise and ambitious reduction targets: the company wants to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% from 2016 to 2030. "Industry has an enormous part to play, and has to manage the challenges we're facing from global warming. Our consumers expect us to make a commitment to the environment. Sustainable and responsible management of our resources is a decisive factor when purchasing a product," says Wittweiler.
Coca‑Cola HBC's aim is to reduce the impact of its business activities on the climate, and to operate in a sustainable manner. Excerpt from Coca Cola HBC Switzerland's Climate Policy
The biggest sources of emissions are transportation, heating and packaging materials
But how can CO2 emissions be reduced by almost a third by 2030? "In the first place, being sustainable means consuming less. At Valser, the biggest sources of CO2 emissions are transportation, heating and packaging materials," says Patrick Wittweiler.
The sustainability specialist reveals what Valser and Coca‑Cola HBC are doing to achieve their goals:
- Using rail links for transportation
- Pilot project using electric vehicles
- Transitioning from oil to renewable energies
- Reducing the weight of bottles to minimize production materials
- Increasing use of recyclable PET
- Replacing the fleet of refrigerated vehicles with more energy-efficient iCooler vehicles
- Optimizing processes to reduce energy consumption
"We are checking all equipment and energy flows to optimize emissions."
A joint project
The energy we consume should come from an environmentally-friendly source or be renewable," explains Patrick Wittweiler. "Thermal waste from Valser production machines is used to heat the building. As far as energy is concerned, we are constantly increasing the percentage of green energy. And as for PET, we try to use as much recycled material as possible. That's why it's important to us that consumers recycle their bottles instead of throwing them in the trash. Sustainability is definitely a joint project."