Coca-Cola Europacific Partners New Zealand Commits to Renewable Electricity

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners New Zealand (CCEP NZ) has announced that all of its operations in New Zealand will now be supported by Meridian Energy’s Certified Renewable Electricity product. The pledge is a huge step towards the organisation’s commitment on its sustainability journey, with a goal to reach net zero emissions by 2040. 

By adopting Meridian Energy’s Certified Renewable Energy product, CCEP NZ is now able to report its market-based Scope Two electricity emissions – the emissions linked to electricity usage – as zero.[1] Meridian is New Zealand’s largest renewable energy generator and generates electricity from 100% renewable sources – wind, water and sun. 

100% of CCEP NZ’s electricity is certified under the New Zealand Energy Certificate System (NZECS) since 1 April 2021. Meridian utilises NZECS to provide certifications to certify renewable energy generation corresponding to CCEP NZ consumption, with the energy CCEP NZ consumes being matched yearly with energy generated from renewable sources (Meridian's hydro stations and wind farms that have been certified).

The move confirms CCEP NZ’s commitment to RE100, a global initiative by The Climate Group, bringing together hundreds of large and ambitious businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity.

CCEP NZ Managing Director, Chris Litchfield, said he's proud the organisation has achieved the RE100 commitment in advance of their original 2025 goal. 

“Our investment in Certified Renewable Energy is another step in our sustainability journey and demonstrates our commitment to driving change and leading the beverage industry by example,” said Litchfield. 

“As a business, we have ambitious goals to reduce our environmental impact – significantly increasing our investment in recycled plastic, and working with Government, industry and environmental partners to help find solutions. Meridian’s Certified Renewable Energy product helps us achieve our sustainability goals and we are proud to partner with them." 

CCEP NZ Head of Sustainability, Clarke Truscott confirms the focus is on first reducing their own emissions, rather than offsetting. 

"Our ambition is to reach Net Zero by 2040 – 10 years ahead of the Paris Climate agreement - and we're developing decarbonisation roadmaps to provide a view on how this ambition will be achieved," said Truscott. 

"Our first focus is on reducing emissions as far as possible and to offset where essential, and then investing in projects which remove carbon from the atmosphere or verified carbon offset projects. Our investment in Meridian’s Certified Renewable Electricity product is evidence of our commitment to reducing our reported emissions and is another step in the right direction to achieve this." 

Meridian Chief Customer Officer, Lisa Hannifin, said that Meridian’s Certified Renewable Energy product has been created for businesses that care about New Zealand’s energy future. 

“We’re pleased to be welcoming CCEP NZ into the group of organisations that have adopted Certified Renewable Energy.”

As a leading beverage manufacturer, CCEP NZ is committed to driving change and leading the beverage industry by example through a number of waste-reduction initiatives. This includes ensuring all plastic bottles, aluminum cans and glass bottles used as part of beverage production are recyclable, and all Coca-Cola bottles in New Zealand smaller than 1 litre, and all sizes of water bottles are made from recycled PET plastic.
The organisation is also working with Government and industry to support work towards a not-for-profit container return scheme. 

[1] Using the market-based reporting methodology as per the GHG Protocol’s Scope 2 Standards. [2] Our caps and labels are currently not made from recycled content, but we are exploring technical options to help us address this