Carbon and climate

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 bottling, transportation, and recycling.

Carbon neutrality

What does it mean to be carbon neutral? It means that the global carbon footprint of our evian bottles is neutral, having been certified by an independent third party based on international standards.

In April 2020, evian was globally certified as carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust. The global certification follows years of 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. In fact, we’ve reduced our energy consumption by 25% since 2008, and in 2017 our bottling site was certified as carbon neutral.The emissions that remain are then offset through our work with Livelihood Funds that has planted 130 million trees. 

Learn more here.

What it means to be carbon neutral

Continuing to share our unique water with the world means we need to do everything we can to reduce our carbon emissions and overall footprint. We were certified globally carbon neutral across our whole production lifecycle to the international standards PAS 2060 by the Carbon Trust regarding the following three steps, and will maintain this status by continuing to improve our business model.

Measure our
emissions

Reduce waste
and emissions

Offset
our impact

Carbon neutral
certified

What we are doing to achieve and maintain our carbon neutrality

What makes our bottling site so unique? It runs on 100% renewable energy generated from hydropower and biogas:

Hydropower is electrical energy (hydroelectricity) that is produced by using water to move turbines that power a generator to produce electricity.

Biogas is composed of methane produced by the breakdown of organic matter, such as agricultural waste, manure, plant material, sewage, green waste or food waste.

Production

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 economic, social, and environmental challenges going forward.
 
Our factory is a prime example of best in class energy and environmental management systems. It is entirely powered by renewable energy. In fact, we’ve received both ISO 50001 and IS.

Packaging

Using recycled PET results in 50% lower carbon emissions compared to using virgin PET for packaging production. This is one reason  why evian is increasing its rPET content in our bottles. Currently, all of our plastic bottles* are made from at least 25% rPET and in September in the U.K. our single 50cl*, 75cl* and 1.5litre* bottles will be made from 100% RPET. evian is collaborating with the Closed Loop Fund to increase collection and recycling rates of plastic bottles and to advance the circular economy.


*excludes label and capO 14001 certifications for our sustainable practices.

Transport

We are continuously optimising to lessen our environmental impact by increasing efficiency whenever possible. For example, we now transport 82% of our bottles by train - producing a carbon footprint that is 7x smaller than that of trucks. In addition to this, our logistics team is equipped with a carbon calculator to help incorporate carbon impact into decision making.

What makes our bottling site so unique? It runs on 100% renewable energy generated from hydropower and biogas:

Hydropower is electrical energy (hydroelectricity) that is produced by using water to move turbines that power a generator to produce electricity.

Biogas is composed of methane produced by the breakdown of organic matter, such as agricultural waste, manure, plant material, sewage, green waste or food waste.

Offsetting

Reducing our carbon impact and achieving circularity is our priority, but in the meantime, we’ve achieved our carbon neutrality by offsetting with the help of the Livelihoods Carbon Fund, which Danone co-founded in 2008.


The Fund has planted nearly 130 million trees over the last ten years to capture carbon emissions naturally. Mangrove trees absorb carbon and produce oxygen.


And we don’t just plant trees, we also preserve the water ecosystem and employ local communities. That’s a win-win-win if you ask us.

MAIN ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE
OUR COMMITMENT
MAIN ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE
OUR COMMITMENT

since 2008

Planted 130M trees to lower carbon emissions with Livelihoods Carbon Fund.

2017

Our factory became certified carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust.

2020

evian is certified carbon neutral globally.

beyond

Continue to optimise our business model by reducing our carbon emissions to maintain our carbon neutral status.