We are committed to operating more sustainably by continuously working to measure and reduce our carbon footprint at every stage of our bottle life cycle from the materials we use, to production, bottling, transportation and recycling.
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.
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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.
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 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 an example of best-in-class energy and environmental management systems. Between 2012 and 2022, the energy consumption per bottle decreased by more than 25%. This reduction has been enabled by several projects, managed by a dedicated team working on a daily basis to monitor and continuously improve energy consumptions.
Considering Packaging & End of life, recycled PET has a 30% lower carbon emissions compared to virgin PET (15% when considering product full life cycle). In complement to advocate for a circular model, evian aims to use only rPET to produce its bottles by 2025. Currently, we have an average of 45% rPET* across our range of bottles. To learn more go to Package and recycling.
*excludes label and cap
We are continuously optimizing to lessen our environmental impact by increasing efficiency whenever possible. For example, knowing that train transportation carbon footprint is 10x smaller than trucks in France, we transport about 90% of our bottles from our factory to our warehouses by train. Another initiative is that our logistics team is equipped with a carbon calculator to help incorporate carbon impact into decision making.