AVRA Natural Mineral Water Factory in Aegio moves towards its “greener” era

By | May 16, 2023

Sustainability and “green” development in the spotlight. An event marked the beginning of the new vision for AVRA Natural Mineral Water.

Zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2025. This is the goal that Coca-Cola Tria Epsilon announced at an event on May 10 at Aegio, setting the tone for the new era.

The model plant is breaking new ground with the strategic pursuit of climate neutrality and zero carbon dioxide emissions throughout its value chain by 2040.

AVRA Natural Mineral Water Factory

The important distinctions and a new ecological packaging

Each bottle cap is precious. And this, Aura Natural Mineral Water knows it well. Thus, from the end of the month, it arrives in a new container with a non-removable lid, with ecological awareness and extra ease of use.

Thus, Coca-Cola Tria Epsilon managed to implement the European Directive and the corresponding alignment of Greek legislation earlier, helping to collect and recycle more than 250 million caps.

Non-removable cap

The AVRA Natural Mineral Water factory has an important exclusivity in Greece. It is the only water bottling plant that Platimun has received an AWS distinction for the proper management of water resources, while using electricity from 100% renewable sources and constantly reducing the relative consumption rate. Since 2016, it has reduced the plastic it uses to make its products by approximately 23%, while producing zero waste as it recycles and uses 100% of it.

Thanks to its sustainable practices, it ranks second in water and energy use indicators among all water plants in the 29 countries where the Coca-Cola HBC Group operates.

Takis Karapatouchas, Director of the AVRA Natural Mineral Water Factory

Of course, sustainability and respect for the environment are always at the center of a corporate culture, which is restructured over the years to keep up with developments. With the factory’s forklift fleet already 100% electric, the next focus is zero direct emissions by increasing the use of clean, renewable energy sources to 100%, from the current 91%, in the use of alternative ways of heating water with LPG substitution. with electric heaters, to minimize indirect emissions from the broader supply chain, reducing emissions from primary and secondary packaging.

Takis Karapatouchas, Director of the AVRA Natural Mineral Water plant, Maria Anargyrou Nikolits, General Manager of Coca-Cola Tria Epsilon for Greece and Cyprus, and Konstantinos Tatsis, Associate Scientist of the Earth Organization

As part of the event to announce the objective of neutralizing the climate of the factory, a symbolic planting of trees was implemented on the forecourt of the factory.

There, Maria Anargyrou-Nikolic, General Manager of Coca-Cola Tria Epsilon for Greece and Cyprus, said:

“The AVRA natural mineral water plant is a state-of-the-art unit, with a significant economic and social impact on the wider region. It is a model unit for innovation and sustainability. We are particularly proud to announce the factory’s goal to become climate-friendly neutral by 2025, as we introduce new, more sustainable packaging with a non-removable lid. This is a historic moment for our company and our zero-carbon 2040 strategy, with a vision of a better world for all.” .

Maria Anargyrou-Nikolic, Managing Director of Coca-Cola Tria Epsilon for Greece and Cyprus

Likewise, Giorgos Chantoumakos, Supply Chain Manager of Coca-Cola Tria Epsilon for Greece and Cyprus, said among others:

“The AVRA Natural Mineral Water plant is a standard unit of environmental management. It demonstrates in practice our efforts to continuously reduce our environmental footprint and have a sustainable and resilient supply chain. Our goal to make the AVRA Natural Mineral Water plant AVRA being climate neutral brings us closer to achieving our commitment to zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2040.”

Giorgos Chantoumakos, Supply Chain Manager of Coca-Cola Tria Epsilon, for Greece and Cyprus

The Aegio factory is one of the largest and most modern industries in the region and strengthens the local community at key points, both economically and institutionally. The indicators are revealing: the growth of the economy, constantly new jobs, cooperation with local suppliers of raw materials brings multiple benefits.

What is remarkable is that a total of 17 million euros will have been invested from 2017 to 2025 to modernize the factory, which has been operating since 1989 under conditions of strict controls and faithfully following all quality standards.

HE Coca-Cola Three Epsilon for 54 years it has been an exemplary presence in the country’s socioeconomic system. With an eye on the future, the company structures its alliances and its philosophy in the climate of sustainable development and inclusion. Without compromises or discounts on quality, the company focuses on undisputed quality and this in a holistic approach to all its activities. The continuation will also bring new initiatives with a protective nature towards the planet, society and people.

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