We are Carbon Neutral
At Volvic, we are committed to reducing our impact on the planet, and as part of our sustainability journey have just become certified Carbon Neutral.
As a key step in our sustainability journey, Volvic has transparently calculated and certified the carbon footprint of our products through every stage of their lifecycle and put in place a carbon reduction plan to further cut down emissions. Some of the steps we have taken to achieve carbon neutrality include increasing our use of recycled plastic (committing to use 100% recycled plastic in our bottles by 2025*); moving to lower carbon transport alternatives and distance efficiency; and reducing our carbon emissions by switching to 100% renewable energy at our plain water bottling site.
* PET used in only the bottle (not caps and labels)
In parallel, Volvic is helping to restore the balance of carbon emissions by investing in natural ecosystems protection projects with our partner and project developer South Pole. In this way Volvic contributes to protecting forests, watersheds, biodiversity and local communities in more than two billion square meters of natural ecosystems in volcanic countries such as Peru, Congo and Uganda*. These projects help to absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and offset Volvic’s remaining carbon emissions to achieve carbon neutrality.
*2 billion square meters is equal to 53 times the size of Volvic’s watershed which is 38km2
Volvic has been certified carbon neutral to the internationally-recognised standard PAS 2060 by the Carbon Trust, a global climate change and sustainability consultancy with almost two decades of experience in the sustainability sector.
Achievement of this standard reflects the commitment and measures taken by Volvic to reduce carbon emissions arising directly from its own operations (Scope 1 and 2), indirect emissions from the value chain, and where residual emissions exist Volvic has compensated for these through good quality offsets achieved through its partnership with South Pole.
We have calculated our carbon emissions based on the life cycle assessment from the raw materials we use until the end-of-life of our products. Thanks to this exercise we have identified these 4 main areas to act:
1. Evolving our packaging:
We started by using less. Through light weighting projects, we have reduced the weight of our bottles. For example, our iconic 1.5L bottle today uses 30% less plastic than 20 years ago.
Second, we know that using bottles made from 100% recycled plastic* allows us to save up to 50% of CO2 emissions versus using a virgin plastic bottle (excluding cap and labels). That is why we are committed to making all our bottles with 100% recycled plastic across Europe by 2025.
*PET used in only the bottle (not caps and labels)
2. Sustainable transport
We have been working with our supply chain to investigate lower carbon transport alternatives and distance efficiency. In the UK, 78% of Volvic now travels from the bottling site to the UK by train, which has a carbon footprint 7 times lower than that of trucks*.
*Calculation based on ADEME and actual Danone routes
3. Energy use:
First, we have been working to use less. Since 2007 we have reduced our energy consumption by more than 20%. In 2008, we were awarded the ISO 14001 certification which is an international standard on environmental management systems.
Secondly, we have switched to using 100% renewable energy in our natural mineral water bottling site from 2020.
4. Project Partnerships
In parallel, Volvic is also investing in initiatives that protect and/or restore natural ecosystems which result in the reduction and absorption of carbon, thus offsetting any remaining emissions in order to achieve carbon neutrality. In partnership with South Pole, Volvic contributes to support the continued protection and restoration of natural ecosystems in volcanic countries, such as Peru, Congo and Uganda. This means Volvic supports projects that continuously protect forests, watersheds, biodiversity and communities over an area greater than 2 billion square metres*, which also acts to offset Volvic's remaining carbon emissions in order to achieve carbon neutrality.
*equal to 53 times of Volvic impluvium (38km2)
Together, we can begin to help restore the balance.
Making carbon neutrality meaningful
At Volvic, we’re proud to be carbon neutral by reducing our carbon footprint and offsetting the remaining emissions by supporting initiatives that protect and/or restore natural ecosystems around the world. But for us, being carbon neutral is about far more than using a buzzword. These initiatives are creating meaningful change, making a real and lasting difference to farming and local communities around the world.
When you sip a bottle of Volvic, you’re helping us contribute to projects that foster sustainable agriculture, while protecting forests in several countries across the globe.
- 1.7 billion square meters of forest protected
- 330 jobs created
- 5 eco-responsible companies created to promote economic development of the area
Based in the Tsavo National Park in Kenya, the Neema programme works to preserve biodiversity while developing a sustainable local economy. We’re supporting this project through EcoAct, and its main aim is to protect the area from deforestation and forest degradation by extending agriculture in this arid region by planting jojoba trees, which a prized by the cosmetics industry for their oil. The project has developed local activities to turn the oil into products that can be sold both nationally and internationally, creating jobs and supporting local farmers in the process. Fruit trees are also planted to produce mango. avocado and lemon, extending the range of agroforestry activities and additional revenues to the local communities.
● 165,707 hectares of forest protected from illegal logging
● 10 million square meters for fruit trees planting
● 127 beneficiary households
In the Para region in Brazil, we’re supporting an EcoAct project that aims at protecting part of the Amazonian forest from illegal logging by providing land tenure certificates to the native community “the Ribeirinhos” while training them to sustainable agroforestry practices. The project offers to beneficiary households agroforestry training programs for planting and farming Cassava, Capuacu, Pitaya and other fruits. A way to restore the bond between the Ribeirinhos and their surrounding ecosystem while providing economic opportunities to improve their standard of living.
- 300+ hectares now managed sustainably by families living in the project area, including pastures, cultivated areas, and recovering forest
- 500 million square meters of forest protected
- 6.4 million square meters of Peruvian Yungas protected from deforestation
In the Alto Huayabamba Conservation Concession (CCAH) in Peru, we’re supporting a South Pole project that is protecting two distinct forested ecosystems: the Paramos and the Peruvian Yungas. At the same time, the project works with local families to improve their livelihoods through teaching sustainable agricultural practices. Dedicated training and technical know-how support farmers to become more productive while cutting their costs. Honey and quinoa production are central to this project, which has formed associations for producers of each of these products and trained numerous residents in how to produce them.
- 7,372 hectares of sustainable agriculture
- 18,310 farmers received climate-smart agricultural training
We are supporting the COMACO Landscape Management Project in Zambia, which promotes sustainable land use and forest conservation for rural development. Spanning five districts in the Eastern Province of Zambia, this project has seen 7,372 hectares of land converted to sustainable farming practices, increasing the productivity of smallholder farms in a way that doesn’t harm the environment. As well as reducing harmful practices such as residue burning, the project also protects a further 116,000 hectares from unplanned deforestation by creating Community Conservation Areas and promoting sustainable, non-extractive forest use, such as producing honey and growing mushrooms.