Water & Water Stewardship

Water & Water Stewardship

Water is the most important raw material in the beverage production and a necessary basis for all our activities. In order to reduce the consumption of this valuable resource, we continuously implement new technologies. We can only grow sustainably if we ensure that local water supplies remain plentiful and its quality stays intact.

Water as a precious foundation

Most of the drinks sold by Coca-Cola HBC in Austria are produced locally, same as our traditional Römerquelle brand which is bottled directly at the source in Edelstal. We use the valuable water from our wells exclusively for our mineral water products. Our mineral water resources are a valuable commodity, the protection of which we pay special attention to.

We manage this as gently as possible and in accordance with the official maximum withdrawal quantities, which are based on the results of extensive tests. The mineral water deposit is not connected to the lower water layers. The groundwater is therefore not negatively affected. It also ensures that the rights of others, e.g. in agriculture, be preserved.

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When it comes to our reusable glass products, we make sure that our water use is efficient. Various glass bottles used for our soft drinks and mineral water products carry the Austrian eco-label, guaranteeing environmentally friendly reusable packaging with at least twelve life-cycles.

Efficient water usage

Water is not only required for our products themselves, but also for many manufacturing steps, especially for cleaning, and is therefore relevant for our entire production process. We currently consume 1.70 liters of water per liter of finished drink and want to further optimize consumption over the next few years.

Our Römerquelle mineral water is been bottled at high speed - 12.5 bottles per second to be exact - since 2016. Our glass line is one of the fastest in the Coca-Cola HBC Group and works extremely energy efficient. Our two bottle washing machines not only reduce our freshwater consumption per bottle but also wash over 100,000 bottles per hour. Further, controlled improvements in process cleaning were achieved through a more efficient design of the cleaning steps. By returning the rinse water for our PET bottles to the water treatment, we can save up to 45,000m³ of water annually.

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of drink produced


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optimized water treatment

Our plant is excellent.

We also take our responsibility for the precious resource water, which also includes the protection of natural water resources, certified by independent bodies according to the globally recognized Alliance for Water Stewardship Standards (AWS).

This comprises five steps, which deal with challenges in this area around five central topics in a way that gradually leads to best practice status:

  • Anchoring water in corporate policy
  • Sustainable water balance
  • Good condition of water resources and wastewater used
  • Conservation and improvement of water protection areas
  • Human right to water and sanitation (W.A.S.H)

The gold certification achieved in 2019 proves, that we are already well advanced with our efforts in the areas mentioned above.