Evian opens first carbon-neutral bottling plant in France
19 September 2017
Evian has opened a production facility in France as part of its plans to become carbon-neutral by 2020.
The fully upgraded bottling facility is completely powered by renewable energy, and is the largest food production site in France to achieve carbon-neutral status in accordance with the brand’s commitment to achieve global carbon neutral status by 2020.
To modernize its bottling site, the company is investing €280m by 2020 in the facility that produces all evian bottles sold worldwide. The company’s product is sold in more than 140 countries. The upgraded site has been designed to support the company’s growth and innovations.
It incorporates new technology and meets the highest global quality standards, indicating the brand’s commitment to sustainability and on safety of employees. The site has ISO 9001, ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 quality certifications.
As part of its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint, the company has reduced its total industrial energy consumption by 23% per litre of evian between 2008 and 2016, even while increasing the volume of production.
The site has 10 new linear production lines, the fastest of which can produce 72,000 bottles per hour.
The company also aims to use only recycled material in its packaging. It plans to use an average of 25% of rPET (recycled plastic) by the end of 2017, three years ahead of the schedule finalized at COP21, and to reach 50% for some formats by 2020.
Evian is also increasing its use of eco-friendly multimodal transportation, with focus on rail freight, to reduce its carbon footprint to one-tenth of that of road transport. Currently, 60% of evian bottles are transported by train from the bottling site.