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Coca-Cola returns 1.75bn litres of water in Mena

DUBAI, January 14, 2018

The Coca-Cola Company revealed that it has returned 1.75 billion litres of water to nature and communities across the Middle East North Africa (Mena) region in 2017.

This achievement represents a critical contribution to Coca-Cola’s global goal to replenish 100 per cent of the water it uses by 2020 – as the Mena region is the most water-stressed region in the world, said a statement from the company.

Coca Cola’s Replenish goal, a first for the beverage-producing private sector, seeks to replenish, or return through water access, productive use and conservation activities, 100 per cent of the water Coca-Cola uses in its global sales volume by 2020.

To achieve this, Coca-Cola System entities support community-based water projects around the world, with a specific focus on water stressed regions and those locations experiencing or recovering from humanitarian crises, it said.

These projects vary in design and scale, but all operate to either provide people with access to sustainable water and sanitation services, provide water for productive use such as irrigation, or protect environments and natural water sources from degradation and depletion.

To date, Coca-Cola and its philanthropic Foundations have implemented over 25 replenishment projects throughout the Mena region. Some key projects include:  

•Iraq: The Coca-Cola Foundation, through its New World Program (NWP) partnered with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to conduct emergency repairs to water networks and provide sustainable water for rural areas of Iraq through the use of water pumps.

•Jordan: The Coca-Cola Foundation partnered with Al Ma'Wa for Nature and Wildlife to provide improved household water infrastructure networks for local communities without access to piped water.

•Lebanon: The Coca-Cola Foundation partnered with G Association to create a “water wise village” by providing improved irrigation infrastructure to increase water resource management and installing water saving technologies in households.

•Palestine: The Coca-Cola Foundation partnered with Palestine Hydrology Group to provide greywater treatment in restricted/border areas of the Gaza Strip, enabling increased irrigation where access to water can be problematic.

•Egypt: The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, through its Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), partnered with CARE to extend the coverage of safe water and adequate sanitation access to households in rural upper Egypt, which were previously unserved by these services. 55,000 people received access to clean water in Egypt through Coca-Cola’s efforts.

•Morocco: The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation combatted desertification in Tata Province by partnering with L’ALCESDAM, an organisation that introduced efficient irrigation systems to restore an oasis. The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation also partnered with Care in Morocco to increase access to improved potable water supply sources and sanitation facilities for vulnerable rural populations.

•Pakistan: The Coca-Cola Company partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to launch Paani, a Safe Water Initiative, that provides clean water to people across Pakistan through community outreach and infrastructure building.

Kathryn Casson, director for public affairs, communication and sustainability - Mena, Coca-Cola Company, said: “We know that water scarcity is an acute problem in the Mena region. We are committed to playing our part by replenishing the water we use through initiatives across the Mena region that give people access to safe water, water for agriculture, and that protect watersheds.”

“We’re proud of our progress so far but there’s more to do,” she added.

Building on this impact, Coca-Cola in Mena plans to  launch new projects in Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Pakistan, Algeria, Morocco in 2018 and will expand its replenish work to reach Sudan for the first time, bolstering drought and humanitarian response efforts, said a statement.

Globally, Coca-Cola and its Foundations are currently contributing to nearly 250 community water projects in almost 2,000 communities across more than 70 countries.

Replenish is only one element of the company’s overall water stewardship framework, which also includes Source Water Protection; efforts to reduce water consumption in bottling plants as measured by the Water-Use-Ratio (WUR); and Waste-Water treatment activities, which clean waste water to a standard that can support aquatic life before it leaves a bottling plant. All of these efforts aim to balance Coca-Cola’s impact on finite water sources, in recognition of growing population and climate change related pressures on the long-term availability of water around the world, it stated. – TradeArabia News Service

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