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Innovation, Naturally

Leading the way on sustainable solutions has long been at the core of our business. We take environmental stewardship seriously because it helps two bottom lines: the Earth’s, and our own. Learn more about the innovation taking place by America’s beverage companies.


Each company is on a path to decrease its water use per unit of production, and each company is aiming to increase water conservation by double-digit percentages over the next decade.

We’re in constant pursuit of developing the best water saving technologies on the planet. From the field to the factory, we are working to make sure every drop counts. Given the growing scarcity of water across the globe and the challenges we face in the future, we’re developing plans to save even more – double-digit percentages over the next decade. When it comes to protecting our most precious resource, we’ll never be satisfied, naturally.

    Our Progress

  • We’ve reduced our water use per unit by 14% over five years, even as production has increased by nearly 20 percent.

  • The Coca-Cola Company has replenished OVER 150 BILLION liters of water back to communities and nature through water projects in 61 countries since 2004.

  • Thanks to the efforts of PepsiCo, 6 MILLION people have access to safe water around the world.

  • The Dr Pepper Snapple Group has committed 1 MILLION dollars to The Nature Conservancy in support of watershed protection.


America’s leading beverage companies have set goals to keep our carbon footprint flat and decrease it significantly over time while continually improving efficiency.

There is no downside to conserving energy. It costs less. It pollutes less. It reduces the strain on our electricity grid and lessens the impact on our planet. Across the entire beverage industry supply chain, from factory to vending machine, we’re reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making operations more energy efficient. Each of America’s beverage companies has set goals to lower our emissions over time while continually improving efficiency. And our companies have pledged to work with government leaders, environmental organizations and other businesses to ensure these emission reductions are happening throughout the United States.

    Our Progress

  • We’re phasing out hydrofluorocarbons over the next 10 years, delivering environmental benefits equal to taking 15 MILLION cars off the road.

  • When our companies finish a voluntary phase out, 100% of company-controlled coolers will be HFC-free.

  • Each year, our companies are purchasing OVER 50,000 Energy Star-rated or HFC-free equipment.


Each company is working to improve fuel efficiency and increase miles per gallon by nearly 20% over five years.

Our industry’s fleets are some of the largest in the Western Hemisphere, and they get cleaner and leaner all the time. We’re rapidly expanding the use of hybrid vehicles. We’ve pledged to transition to biodiesels, electricity, natural gas and other alternative fuels. And we’ve been working to take more vehicles off the road—literally—by replacing them with intermodal transportation like freight rail, reducing truck miles, fuel use and overall emissions.

    Our Progress

  • Industry-wide, we have seen a 13% improvement in average fleet MPG since 2010.

  • Our all-electric vehicles save 10 TONS of GHG emissions annually.

  • 1,700 industry vehicles are powered by alternative fuels and advanced hybrid technologies.

  • We are seeing emission reductions of up to 30% from each new or retrofitted hybrid truck.


Our companies are committed to reducing the amount of PET plastic and aluminum used in the production of our beverage containers through lightweighting, redesign, and the expanded use of post-consumer recycled materials.

The packaging that surrounds beverage products has to be strong. It has to be reliable. We put the force of our industry’s creativity into designing containers that use fewer raw materials at the beginning of their lifecycle, and are easy to recycle at the end of it. Lighter, more streamlined packaging also cuts down on the fuel needed to transport our products.

    Our Progress

  • We have saved 100s OF MILLIONS of pounds of raw materials industry-wide, through lightweighting and packaging reduction.

  • Dr Pepper Snapple Group has developed the LIGHTEST 2 LITER plastic bottle ever.

  • PepsiCo uses 100% post-consumer PET in their Naked Juice line.

  • The Coca-Cola Company has avoided 150,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions in North America, thanks to their PlantBottle.


Each company is working to achieve zero waste to landfills from our manufacturing and production facilities in the US.

Recycling is more than a core element in our history of innovation. It’s something we’ll never stop pushing to improve. Other industries talk about sustainability – America’s beverage companies have built our technologies and our business practices around it. Boosting and streamlining curbside recycling programs. Building a competitive market for post-consumer content. And of course, creating containers that can be fully recycled – even the caps.

    Our Progress

  • We are producing 100% recyclable aluminum, plastic and glass beverage containers – even the plastic caps can be recycled.

  • Each company is working to eliminate waste to landfills; 94% of waste from our manufacturing plants is being recycled and diverted from landfills.

  • 40% of our aluminum, plastic and glass containers are recycled in the US, up nine percentage points in the last seven years.

Sustainability Reports

Read more about our members' environmental innovation in each of their sustainability reports: