Evian has unveiled its new carbon-neutral bottling site in France as it announces a €280 million investment to transform the plant by 2020.
Danone-owned Evian said the new site, located in Evian-les-Bains, marks a milestone in the brand’s commitment to achieve global carbon-neutral status by 2020.
The plant is designed to support Evian’s future growth and innovations while ensuring the achievement of its commitments to sustainability. The company said it combines greater operational efficiency, new technology, the highest quality processes and a respect for employees and their workplace, with a particular focus on safety.
Evian aims to use 100% recycled materials in its packaging at the site. The company said it is also expanding its use of more eco-friendly transportation, with a particular focus on rail freight. Currently, 60% of Evian bottles are shipped by train from a station at the bottling site with that figure expected to rise in the coming years.
Speaking at the launch of the site this week, Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber said: “Faithful to its pioneering spirit and working closely with all local stakeholders in its natural water cycle upstream, its labour pool, and its logistics network downstream, Evian has transformed its bottling site, now certified as carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust.
“This achievement combines a unique workplace organisation, a shift to digital technology, and technologies and sustainability solutions at the cutting edge of our sector worldwide, bringing together everything we need to support the brand’s development while preserving the natural resources we cherish and continuing to develop the local economy.”
Between 2008 and 2016, the brand reduced its total industrial energy consumption by 23% per litre, while increasing the total volume of bottles produced to meet rising consumer demand.
The global market for bottled water is expected to reach $230 billion by 2021 from $198 billion this year, according to Euromonitor, as consumers shift away from carbonated drinks.
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