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Carbon reduction

Reducing the carbon footprint of the soft drinks industry is a key area of focus for roadmap signatories.   The soft drinks sector is growing and therefore reducing emissions whilst still increasing production is a challenge, particularly when significant investment and reductions have already been made.  As you will see below, there are numerous ways in which signatories are working to reduce their emissions.


  • RM carbon reductionTo promote best practice in carbon management and a better understanding of the potential to reduce emissions within the soft drinks industry. 
  • To reduce the environmental impacts created from soft drink vending machines and coolers
  • Continue to reduce the external impacts of transport through integrating environmental efficiency techniques in the sector’s own transport operations and working with suppliers and customers to address supply chain impacts. 

What are we doing?

A number of roadmap signatories participate in a Climate Change Agreement (CCA) - a voluntary agreement made by UK industry and the Environment Agency to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.  The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) CCA (of which soft drinks manufacturers are a part) are now working towards a new target of an 18% improvement in energy efficiency by 2020 against a 2008 baseline. 

Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme

We’re pleased to announce that we can now offer BSDA members and roadmap signatories the opportunity to join an industry ESOS Compliance scheme.  Members will benefit from dedicated lead assessors who would carry out the audits, using a standardised audit methodology, which will simplify and reduce the costs associated with compliance for you, so it is a worth considering if you have yet to decide what your plans are.

If a company is a soft drinks producer, not fully covered by ISO 50001 exemption then this ESOS compliance scheme is likely to be relevant to you.

Carbon Architecture, are administering the scheme on our behalf.  If you would like to know more, contact details can be found below:

Tim Roebuck:
07572 699 036


Defra-commissioned research specifically for the roadmap - Use of Refrigeration in UK Soft Drinks Supply Chain estimates that total refrigeration emissions of greenhouse gases from the UK soft drink supply chain are 1.5 million tonnes CO2 per year.  The carbon footprint is dominated by emissions from retail and food service, representing 92% of the total emissions.  Manufacturing sites represent 4% of emissions and cooling in domestic refrigerators a further 3%.  The remaining 1% is mainly for chilled transport of raw materials. 

The report examines key drivers and barriers to emission reduction within the sector, and also identifies 17 categories of emission reduction opportunities, which we would recommend you consider.  For example, avoiding use of coolers without doors is a crucial step – savings of 50% to 75% can be expected. 


We have also developed a list of Energy Efficiency Top Tips  for vending machines and chillers. These tips aim to improve energy efficiency by providing guidance on best practice in these areas.


Measuring improvements in transport is a more challenging issue due to the fact that a large proportion of members use external hauliers. However the industry is still working hard to reduce the impact of freight transport. Companies are exploring alternative fuels, moving from road to rail and reducing transport miles through using local distribution firms.


The use of solar panels, wind turbines and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) are becoming increasingly popular amongst soft drinks manufacturers, and all help to reduce carbon emissions on site. 

Legislation/Regulatory Changes:

  • The new EU F-Gas Regulation was agreed in April 2014 and came into force in January 2015.  Fluorinated-gases account for 2% of the EU's overall greenhouse gas emissions, and include Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) which are commonly used as refrigerant gases. A number of Articles in the new Regulation will specifically apply to different parts of the soft drink supply chain.  Guidance for industry is available on the website.
  • Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS):  The DECC ESOS programme is implementing Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive – all large organisations must undergo an ESOS “energy assessment” by December 2015.  This will affect most manufacturing plants and all larger chains of retail and food service establishments.

Signatory case studies:

 BSD Find out what Britvic is doing to improve energy efficiency, including activities to reduce CO2 emissions from its chillers and vending machines
 Lucozade Ribena Suntory LRS has improved its use of energy and reduced carbon emissions by investing in a combined heat and power (CHP) plant
 423 Copella PepsiCo has installed solar panels at Boxford to generate onsite renewable energy
 CCE Logo Find out how CCE is reducing emissions from its manufacturing and distribution processes, and from its refrigeration equipment

Soft Drinks Supply Chain Refrigeration Carbon Footprint