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Coca-Cola bottler joins electric vehicle pledge

The world’s largest Coca-Cola bottler has signed up to a pledge to move its fleet to electric vehicles by 2030.

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), which handles the production and distribution of Coke and other beverages within Europe, will transition all 8000 vehicles in its light vehicle fleet to electric or an ultra-low emissions where this is not available.

It will also move around half of its 700 heavy goods vehicles, used in Belgium and Germany.

The transition is part of the Climate Group’s EV100 initiative, which aims to get companies to commit to 5 million electric vehicles by 2030. Other members include Tesco, Unilever and IKEA store holding company Ingka Group.

CCEP has announced a new climate strategy which aims to see it reaching net zero emissions by 2040 and reduce them by 30% by 2030.

Joe Franses, VP of Sustainability at CCEP said: “This represents another important milestone along CCEP’s journey to a low carbon business. We have made a commitment to reduce GHG emissions across our entire value chain by 30% by 2030 (versus 2019), and the transition to electric vehicles is crucial to achieving our 2040 net zero ambition.

“We are proud to use our voice to support EV100 in accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) and making electric transport the new normal by 2030.”

This week has also seen Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn announce it has switched to 100% wind energy to power its operations.

The company has also begun transitioning its vehicles to fossil fuel alternatives, including 200 on liquified natural gas (LNG) and 100 on 20% on the more sustainable bioLNG.