Soda Environmental Policy Question 9

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Does the brand (company) publish the water footprint of its 'own operations'?

  • Dutch version: Publiceert het merk (bedrijf) de 'water voetafdruk' tengevolge van de eigen bedrijfsvoering?
  • German version: Veröffentlicht der Markenhersteller den Wasserfußabdruck der eigenen Betriebsbereiche?

References and Guidelines

The term ‘water footprint’ can be defined as the total volume of freshwater that can be used to produce goods and services by businesses. For a complete picture of the water footprint of soda, this footprint includes the following process steps: bottle making (from PET resins to PET-bottle forms), bottle cleaning (by air), syrup preparation, mixing, filling, labeling and packing. Most of the water footprint of the soft drink comes from its supply-chain, mainly from its ingredients (95 %). A smaller fraction stems from packaging and labeling materials (4%), particularly from its bottle. In production processes, the amount of water consumed is very small compared to its supply-chain (1 %), which is mainly water incorporated into the product.

Publishing the full 'water footprint' (including water usage from the supply chain) is not a best practice yet in the soda sector. Therefore for now, we only ask for the 'water footprint' from 'own operations', which must includes bottling companies and license holders as soda is not always produced by the company itself.

For example, brand owner Vrumona produces several soda brands, but is also a license holder for brands originally produced by Pepsi, as Pepsi does not have a bottling company of its own in the Netherlands. The Pepsi brands are therefore also being produced by Vrumona.

Please be sure that the water footprint consists out of the water usage at production in ALL (global) facilities. Water does not have many sustainability issues in most Western countries, but it does have these issues in Non-OECD countries.

For more References and Guidelines, as well as Answering Guidelines, see Beer Environmental Policy Question 5.