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Solar powered facility launched in Fiji

Environment
14.08.2017
2 MIN

Solar powered facility launched in Fiji

Coca-Cola Amatil has launched a 1.1 MW roof solar system at our Suva manufacturing site. That’s 3,860 extra solar panels, saving 974 tons of CO2 annually - the equivalent of planting 25,000 trees.

 

The project was a result of partnership between Coca-Cola Amatil Fiji and Sunergise, a local solar energy systems provider.

The new solar panels were officially unveiled by the Prime Minister of Fiji, the Right Honourable Frank Bainimarama. The Prime Minister cited the project as a 'potential game changer' and encouraged other Fijian businesses to follow Coca-Cola Amatil's example.

Coca-Cola Amatil Group Managing Director Alison Watkins was also at the launch, and said it showed the benefits of putting policies into action.

“It’s not sufficient to just talk about environmental protection, it’s important to actually do the project.” Ms Watkins said.

“We’re moving towards renewable energy at many of our facilities, from here in Suva to Eastern Creek in Australia. It’s cheaper, it’s energy efficient and it reduces air pollution.

“One of our Coca-Cola Amatil values is  'delivering for today and building for tomorrow.' I think these solar panels are a pretty good demonstration of that value in practice.

“Well done to our Fiji team and to everyone who helped make this happen.”

Ms Watkins said  other initiatives in the pipeline include reducing refrigeration and manufacturing emissions, promoting sustainable packaging, using more renewable and recycled content, increasing water efficiency and conservation in manufacturing.  Coca-Cola Amatil also runs extensive programs in reforestation, beach clean-ups, container recycling and Fairtrade.