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ACF criticism is off-target

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) is incorrect in its criticisms of Coca-Cola Amatil’s sustainability credentials (The Australian, 29/3/19).

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) is incorrect in its criticisms of Coca-Cola Amatil’s sustainability credentials (The Australian, 29/3/19).

Coca-Cola Amatil strongly supports action on sustainability, including reductions in packaging waste, increased renewable energy use, and lower carbon emissions.

We support action to limit global temperature increases no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius based on the UNFCCC assessments and the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference commitments.

We have published commitments on carbon emissions reductions and a goal to use 60% renewable and low carbon energy in our operations by 2020. We are already very close to this - in 2018 we used 56.27 per cent renewable and low-carbon energy in our operations, including natural gas.

We believe the Business Council of Australia (BCA) is a useful forum for industry collaboration and engagement with stakeholders. The BCA has responded directly to the ACF on their criticisms of its approach to climate change, making clear the relevant comments were out of context. That response speaks for itself.

Both Amatil and the BCA support a strong and active sustainability agenda in Australia, including in renewables and climate change.