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Thursday 18 May, 2017


Coca-Cola now being made by Solar Energy in Wakefield

Brand new solar farm opened in Wakefield to power Europe’s largest soft drinks factory

 

  • Solar is set to supply 15%* of the factory’s total electricity use as part of long-term agreement
  • CCEP working with local landowner on project, with solar farm site maintaining use as grazing land for animals
  • Business also announces its switch to 100% renewable electricity across GB

 

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has today announced the launch of a major renewable project, with all electricity generated by a brand new solar farm being used to support production of its famous brands at Europe’s largest soft drinks factory, in Wakefield.

 

The solar farm covers eight hectares, the size of twelve football pitches, and will produce up to five Mega Watts of energy. Located 1.5 miles from CCEP’s Wakefield site, it is directly connected to the factory via a series of underground cables, delivering 15%* of the site’s total electricity use as part of a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The project will help to reduce the site’s operational carbon footprint by 8.6%, with approximately 900 cans and 330 PET bottles produced using renewable electricity every minute.

 

The solar panels have been installed by solar PV specialists, Athos Solar and the farm has been developed in collaboration with local landowner and businessman, Stephen Butterfield who owns the fields. The site will also maintain dual-use as grazing land for the sheep that live on the fields, demonstrating CCEP’s commitment to preserving the natural habitat.

 

The solar farm is the latest step in the Wakefield factory’s carbon savings. In 2014, a £1m combined heat & power (CHP) system was also launched at the site, saving some 1,500 tons of CO2 a year across the factory’s operations, a 5.6% reduction for the site. Together with the renewable electricity sourced from solar, 3,800 tonnes of CO2 will be saved at the Wakefield site per year – equal to taking more than 1,700 cars off the road.**

 

The launch coincides with the news that the business has begun sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources, as part of a collaboration with EDF Energy, furthering its commitment to sustainable manufacturing in Great Britain.

 

Stephen Butterfield, landowner of the solar farm site, said: “As a resident and business owner near Wakefield, I’m very excited to be working with one of the world’s largest brands on such a worthwhile initiative, harnessing renewable energy from Yorkshire to bring soft drinks to people across the country. It’s fantastic to be utilising my land to support local manufacturing, and in a way that helps to protect our environment. I look forward to working closely with Coca-Cola European Partners and Athos Solar on this project over the coming years and am thankful for the support of our local government members, as well as the collaborative effort of Manorwest and Grupo Zaragozá*** throughout the project.”

Cllr Robert Finnigan (Morley North Ward) and Cllr Judith Elliott (Morley South Ward) said: "We supported this proposal through the planning process as we are committed to renewable energy production that reduces our overall carbon footprint. We are conscious of the fact that our environment is one that is held in trust with us and needs to be protected for our children and our children's children. This project supports a sustainable future which puts a lower demand on the Earth's resources and delivers clean energy for many years to come."

Trevor Newman, Operations Director at Coca-Cola European Partners, Wakefield, said: “We’re delighted to be producing Coca-Cola, and our other brands, with solar energy in Wakefield. Whilst still providing good grazing for Stephen’s sheep, the farm produces green energy for Coca-Cola European Partners, supporting our commitment to use 100% electricity from renewable sources here in Great Britain. We’re proud to be a local company making one of the most recognisable brands in the world in a sustainable way here in Wakefield, working together with a number of local groups and businesses to achieve this.”

 

John Newton, Associate Director at the Carbon Trust, added: “Working with CCEP over the past decade, the company has continuously made impressive reductions in its environmental impact, at the same time as taking a strong leadership position on sustainability issues. This new move to purchase renewable electricity is yet another positive step forwards from the company, demonstrating that the business case for going low carbon is no barrier to commercial success.”

 

ENDS

Notes to Editors

*Estimated figure based on projected supply from solar farm

** Calculation based on 3,800,000kg of CO2 saved on site / 0.28kg of CO2 emitted per mile for the average car (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Greenhouse gas reporting - Conversion factors 2016) = 13.5 million road miles. 13.5 million road miles / 7,900 road miles (average road miles driven by motorists in 2015 according to the Government’s National Travel Survey) = 1,708 cars.

*** Manorwest are land and property consultants, who specialise in bringing together landowners and developers for projects of this scale and capacity. They were appointed as sole agents on behalf of the landowner.

Grupo Zaragozá is a Spanish EPC company, which has been in charge of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction of the solar farm.

 

Meet our ‘Local Hero’ in Wakefield

Tomasz Parzyk is an Environmental Manager at Coca-Cola European Partners, who has been leading on the solar project in Wakefield. He has recently taken part in the business’ ‘Made Locally’ campaign, celebrating the company’s heritage as a local business and showcasing the ‘local heroes’ that help the manufacturer to produce and sell some of the country’s most popular soft drinks brands.

Tomasz Parzyk has been an employee at Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP) Wakefield site since 2007 and has held various roles including Internal Auditor, Quality Technician and New Initiative Project Manager until being appointed to his current position as Environmental Manger in 2014.

 

His passion for environment and sustainability developed from an early age, having been fascinated by the work that his grandfather did as a forest maintainer. He enjoyed learning more about his grandfather’s work as the pair went on hikes together in the local forest, eventually leading Tomasz to study environment and biology at the University of Poznan (Poland).

 

In his current role, Tomasz is responsible for ensuring that the Wakefield site’s operations are environmentally sustainable, as well as looking after legal compliance and improving performance in areas of energy, water and waste.

 

Tomasz is proud to work at the biggest soft drink manufacturing site in Europe where he is able to realise his passion for sustainable manufacturing and make a real difference to the environment through projects such as the solar farm, which will help to reduce the site’s operational carbon footprint by 8.6%. In his role, Tomasz also enjoys working with a wide range of people across the local community, CCEP network and the wider manufacturing industry, where he is able to explore new ideas and best practices with other organisations in the sustainable space.

 

For more information please contact:

Coca-Cola European Partners GB Press Office

01895 844 828 | CCEP@3monkeyszeno.com 

About Coca-Cola European Partners:

Coca-Cola European Partners is the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. CCEP is the sole licensed bottler for products of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) in Andorra, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Luxemburg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

In Great Britain (GB) we employ some 4,000 people across England, Scotland and Wales at manufacturing sites, offices and depots. We are committed to minimising the environmental impact of its products and operations, with a particular focus on sustainable packaging, water stewardship, and energy and climate protection.

We make sell and deliver the following products in GB for The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC): Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Coke Life, Appletiser, Fanta, Dr Pepper, Sprite, Schweppes, Abbey Well, glacéau, Powerade, Oasis and 5 Alive. In GB we also make, sell or deliver Monster, Relentless and Capri-Sun.

About the Wakefield Solar Farm site:

The solar farm is approximately 2km away from CCEP’s Wakefield factory. The cabling runs from the farm to the Wakefield factory under the M1 and A650 carrying the renewable electricity.

About Athos Solar:

Based in Heidelberg, Germany, Athos Solar GmbH is a medium-size project development company for large-scale photovoltaic plants. As a partner of the Weidenhammer-Group-Heidelberg, Athos either builds and operates photovoltaic plants on its own balance sheet, or builds and sells the plants to third party investors. In both cases, Athos manages all process phases, from selecting the appropriate investment size and optimal investment structure, to manufacturing ready-to-use photovoltaic plants. For further information, please visit www.athos-solar.de.

 

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