The world is changing, and we know it. Climate Change is THE challenge of our time. According to IPCC, human activities must drastically cut carbon emissions and reach carbon neutrality before 2050, in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.

Volvic® is engaged in a journey working to reduce its impact on the environment. As part of our worldwide carbon reduction plan to be carbon neutral by 2020, our natural mineral water bottling site is supplied with only 100% renewable energy. This more sustainable and efficient site is proof of our commitment towards carbon neutrality.

It has always been in our strategy to reduce our energy consumption by investing in more efficient energy systems. Proof of this is that:

•    Since 2007, we have reduced by our energy consumption per litre of water produced by 23%
•    Volvic bottling site is certified ISO 14001 since 2015, which is the international standard that sets out the requirements for an effective environmental management system
•    All Volvic employees in the bottling site were trained on energy efficient practices (when managing new equipment daily)
•    From January 2020, the Volvic plain bottling site has been using only 100% renewable energy and is certified as carbon neutral.

 

What is renewable energy? Why it is better than conventional energy?

Renewable energy is the energy that comes from renewable resources (such as wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower) which are naturally replenished. The UNDP proved that using renewable energy, with lower carbon emissions than fossil fuels, is proven to be important in mitigating climate change.

What kind of renewable energy does the site use?

Volvic natural mineral water bottling site now uses 3 kinds of renewable energy with guaranteed certification of origin from our suppliers.

•    Electricity: Hydroelectricity, it means that electricity is made by generators connected to turbines that are pushed by the movement of the water.
•    Biogas from methanisation for boilers / heating. Biogas is a type of biofuel that is naturally produced from the decomposition of organic waste.
•    Biopropane: A bi-product from Biodiesel production from waste (cooking oil) & animal fat / no palm or rapeseeds oil) for forklifts.

What are the next steps?

As part of our commitment to keep reducing our carbon emissions, the first step we already achieved is that our natural mineral water bottling site is supplied by 100% renewable energy since January 2020. The next step will be to continue this transition to renewable energy sources in the Aquadrinks bottling site as well.