ATLANTA (Aug. 3, 3:45 p.m. ET) — The use of a landfill gas-to-energy system at one of its Atlanta-area manufacturing plants has made a unit of beverage giant Coca-Cola Co. the third largest generator of on-site green power in the United States, according to the recently released 2012 rankings from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The system — which is in place at a Coca-Cola Refreshments Inc. plant that makes concentrates and products such as the bag-in-a-box for fountain dispensers — supplies 6 percent of the annual U.S. electricity use, or 47,514,240 kilowatts of on-site biomass power, of Coca-Cola Refreshments.
The landfill gas-to-energy system began operating this spring, and vaulted Coca-Cola to its third-place position after not appearing on the Top 20 list of on-site green power generators in 2011.
Coca-Cola Refreshments is the bottling and customer service arm of Coca-Cola in the
Coca-Cola Refreshments includes CCNA Foodservice, CCNA Supply Chain Operations, the company's MinuteMaid/Odwalla Juice business and Coca-Cola Enterprises North America which Coca-Cola purchased in late 2010.
Coca-Cola said that the landfill gas-to-energy system at the
“The EPA applauds Coca-Cola Refreshments as a leader in using green power,” said Blaine Collison, director of EPA's Green Power Partnership, which recognizes organizations for their support of alternative energy. “Coca-Cola was named a Top Partner due to the company's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint through on-site renewable energy generation.”
The energy saved through the use of the landfill gas to energy system at the
“Investing in energy efficiency projects like the landfill-gas-to-energy system creates multiple benefits,” said Brian Kelley, chief product supply officer for Coca-Cola Refreshments. “It helps the Coca-Cola Co. meet our environmental sustainability goals while reducing costs in our manufacturing process.”
The landfill-gas-to-energy project was part of an overall initiative that enabled that
The use of recycled materials, renewable energy, energy-efficient lighting and mechanical systems, as well as reduction in water consumption, all contributed to that LEED Gold classification, Coke said.
The company said that the use of alternate energy is a key component of its energy and climate protection strategy in