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Combined Heat and Power plants

The cornerstone of our carbon reduction strategy is our commitment to build multiple combined heat and power (CHP) units across our business. Representing an investment of €200 million, this is the largest energy-efficiency initiative in the industry.

The scheme was launched in 2008 in Brussels at a press conference attended by the European Enterprise Commissioner and Vice President of the Commission, Günter Verheugen who said: “This initiative shows that the CSR Alliance is not about words but about changing reality. It demonstrates that environmental and economic goals can be pursued in unison. It also demonstrates how innovation is not just a driver of economic competitiveness, but can also underpin business contribution to wider societal goals, such as the fight against climate change.”

On completion, this programme will cut direct CO2 emissions by more than 250,000 tonnes annually. By installing a CHP unit, each bottling plant improves its carbon emissions by 40%. By using pioneering quad-generation technology to recover food-grade CO2, plants can reduce emissions by up to a further 40%.

The CHP system captures heat from the electricity generators, and uses it to cover the plant requirements for hot water, steam and chilled water (production processes, heating, cooling and cleaning). Typically a CHP unit has an efficiency of more than 85 per cent. Traditional energy generators efficiency can be as low as 35 per cent.

To date, CHP units are operational in Hungary, Romania, Northern Ireland, Italy and Ukraine. In 2011, we constructed a further three in Nigeria and Poland. Given the scale of the programme and the technology involved, legal hurdles and administrative delays have been considerable. Nevertheless, we remain fully committed to this project and will commission our tenth CHP unit in 2012, reaching the halfway mark towards our target.

CHP plant inauguration in Kyiv, Ukraine

 CHP plant in Ukraine

The Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant is located at the Coca-Cola HBC bottling facility in Kyiv region and was introduced in partnership with ContourGlobal in June 2012. The investment of the project was approximately €18 million.

With electrical capacity of 6MW, the CHP plant supplies highly efficient clean electricity, heat, chilled water and CO2 for the soft drink production process. It is the only “quad generation” plant in Ukraine.

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CHP plant inauguration in Knockmore Hill, Ireland

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company   Coca-Cola HBC in Ireland and Northern Ireland and ContourGlobal inaugurated a CHP unit at Knockmore Hill in September 2010. This state-of-art facility supplies the highly efficient, clean electricity, heat, CO2 and chilled water needed for the company's soft drink production facilities and is currently the only 'quad-generation' plant in the UK and Ireland. 

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CHP plant inauguration in Italy, Nogara

CHP plant inauguration in Italy, Nogara   Coca-Cola HBC in Italy and ContourGlobal inaugurated an innovative cogeneration plant at the Nogara bottling facility outside of Verona in June 2010. The plant, with a power output of 75 million kilowatt hours, will allow Coca-Cola HBC in Italy to reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 66% and increase energy efficiency by up to 83% versus traditional power generation. €22 million has been invested in the project. 

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First CHP plant inauguration in Romania, Ploiesti

The Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, constructed in partnership with power development company ContourGlobal, was installed at Coca-Cola HBC's Romania bottling facility in the city of Ploiesti in 2009.

The CHP plant supplies highly efficient, clean electricity as well as heat and cooling for the soft drink production facility. At the same time, clean electricity is delivered to the local grid, providing energy efficient power for the surrounding community in Ploiesti.

CHP plant in Hungary, Dunaharaszti

Pilot CHP plant in Hungary, Dunaharaszti   The Company’s pilot CHP unit in Dunaharaszti, Hungary was launched in March 2006. The staggering 43 per cent reduction – savings of 18,000 tonnes of CO2 - also saved the company €400,000 in energy bills. 

The system uses a single source of natural gas to provide heating, electrical power and cooling through linked processes.