We’re committed to operating sustainably by continuously working to measure and reduce our carbon footprint at every stage of our bottle’s lifecycle: from the materials we use and produce, to production, transportation, and recycling.
Certified carbon neutral today. More than ever committed for a sustainable tomorrow.
What does it mean to be carbon neutral? Well, for us, it means bringing you our natural spring water while contributing to reduce our emissions day after day.
We set our sights on becoming certified as carbon neutral and have achieved it by continuously measuring and reducing our carbon emissions at each stage of our bottle’s life cycle: from the materials we use, to production, transportation and recycling. The emissions that remain are then offset through our work with Livelihood Funds that has planted 130 million trees. In fact, we’ve reduced our energy consumption by 25% since 2008, and in 2017 our products in the US and Canada were certified as carbon neutral to the international standard PAS 2060 by the Carbon Trust. And while we’re very proud, that’s not good enough for us. In April 2020, evian was globally certified as carbon neutral by Carbon Trust.
We are continuously optimizing to lessen our environmental impact by increasing efficiency whenever possible. For example, we transport about 75% of our bottles from our factory by train in France to harbors because trains produce a carbon footprint 10x smaller than trucks. evian has partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps program to advance local transportation carbon emission reduction and our logistics team is equipped with a carbon calculator to help incorporate carbon impact into decision making.
Using recycled PET results in 50% lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to using virgin PET for packaging production. This is why evian is increasing its rPET content in our bottles. Currently, all of our plastic bottles* are made from 25% rPET except our 1.5L which consists of 50% rPET. evian is collaborating in North America with the Closed Loop Fund to increase collection and recycling rates of plastic bottles and to advance the circular economy.
*excludes label and cap
Our factory is more than a place for bottling water, it’s also tasked with sustaining a long-term future for the circular economy. This future is being constructed at our factory, the place where it all began, where all of our products and innovations were created and where tomorrow’s will be developed to meet its economic, social, and environmental challenges going forward.
Our bottle site is a prime example of best in class energy and environmental management systems. Entirely powered by renewable energy. In fact, we’ve received both ISO 50001 and ISO 14001 certifications for our sustainable practices which proves that we’re not just talking about energy efficiency, we’re actually doing it – and doing it well.
Reducing our impact on climate change and achieving circularity is our number one priority, but in the meantime, we’ve maintained our carbon neutrality by offsetting with the help of the Livelihood Carbon Fund, which Danone co-founded in 2008.
The fund planted nearly 130 million trees to capture carbon emissions naturally. Mangrove trees trap CO2 and generate positive emissions, absorbing carbon and producing oxygen.
And we don’t just plant, we also preserve the water ecosystem and employ local communities. That’s a win-win-win if you ask us.