Within AGL, we are focusing our efforts on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and innovating and educating to impact consumer behavior. We have successfully fitted over 43% of our coolers with EMS-55 smart technology and have placed over 3100 HFC-free (CO2) vending machines in the market. At 12.1%, we are amongst the forerunners in the use of this eco-friendly equipment across BIG. It’s a part of AGL’s culture to continuously raise the bar – we aim to replace 50% of all standard vending machines with HFC-free ones by 2015.
We have a strong history of reducing the environmental footprints of our operations. Our production-adjusted footprints, including Energy Usage, Direct CO2 Emissions, Waste Disposed, and Water Usage, have been dramatically reduced during the last 5 years. A GRI G3 standard carbon footprint assessment (Scope 1 & 2) of our U.A.E. operations was recently conducted to document our sustainability efforts. Marked reductions were seen year-to-date 2010 -2011 across fuel, electricity and water. A total reduction of 3,921 tons of GHG was achieved in 2011, which was 29% lower than the previous year. We continue to do our part on the GHG front and will continue to drive reductions of effluent gases through individual site audits and continuous monitoring and review of emissions versus the 2010 baseline.
Beyond that, we have expanded our efforts across the entire supply chain, taking a holistic end-to-end view of opportunities. Alongside our drive to be more judicious with our use of water, we have also worked ardently to reduce the amount of packaging used to produce each one of our beverages. We know that most consumers are unwilling to make trade-offs on performance or value to be more sustainable. We’re looking at packaging improvements systemically, from shipment to shelf to use in the consumer’s home. Our ARWA water bottle preforms are now each 7g lighter, which has translated into a 228,000,000 ton saving of plastic in 2012 alone. In addition, by replacing over 85% cardboard cartons with recyclable shrink-wrap and bottom boards, we found a way to use significantly less material while delivering a quality-controlled product to market.
These achievements were showcased in our active participation at the first-ever International Water Summit amidst 30,000 attendees in Abu Dhabi in January 2013. Bringing the Water-Energy Nexus to life, the International Water Summit shared a stage with Coca-Cola’s non-profit ‘Every Drop Matters’ initiative.
We are increasingly focused on energy efficiency and climate protection to help reduce costs and minimize our environmental impact. We have replaced the lighting in our corridors and storage room with LED lighting. We initiated projects in our services that have created significant energy savings; our current energy usage ratio stands at 0.29, down 23.68% since 2011, achieved by various initiatives from using LPG Propane gas to fuel our forklifts, increasing vehicle utilization to reduce fuel consumption, reconfiguring stacking patterns on our pallets to reduce transportation costs to proactively proliferating the use of eco-friendly CDE across our region.