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Decarbonising a bottled beverage manufacturer

Decarbonising a bottled beverage manufacturer

A project done by Climate Action Catalyst

The brief

Local beverage manufacturing company aiming to explore means of making their operations more sustainable. While they have started to look into internal projects to optimise efficiency, they have hit a roadblock as they have insufficient time and manpower to research feasible solutions in-depth.


They operate manufacturing sites and delivery fleets for the transport of bottled goods to distributors.


They face multiple constraints— budget, space, and manpower and are looking for high-impact and low/medium-effort recommendations.

The solution - Calculate

Our project was split into two parts of ‘Calculate’ and ‘Taking Action’.  For ‘Calculate’, we sought to calculate the company’s carbon footprint.

To understand the unique drivers specific to the company, we conducted a cradle-to-door life cycle analysis of the company’s main product of bottled water. Here, we qualified and quantified significant emission drivers across scopes 1, 2 and 3 at each life cycle stage.

Scope 1

  • Local vehicle fleet mileage

  • Backup diesel generator consumption

Scope 2

  • Machinery electricity usage

  • Headquarter office utilities

Scope 3

  • Supplier vehicle mileage for inputs

Within each production line, we estimated the amount of energy each piece of machinery consumed to identify power consumption and emissions drivers.

With that, we created a carbon map with quantified and qualified emissions from the company, allowing the company to get a clearer picture of their footprint and open a productive conversation on which emission drivers to target for reduction.

The solution - Taking Action

'Taking Action' comprises of two parts: data analysis and communicating climate leadership. After analysing the data from the carbon map, we created recommendations tailored to our client’s needs to effectively target their emission drivers.

We drew inspiration from industry giants like Danone and Coca-Cola for Scope 3 emission improvement initiatives based on what other players in the market are currently focused on.

Obtaining climate certifications is a strong way to publicly recognise a firm’s efforts to decarbonise.

We conducted in-depth research to recommend reliable certifications that would be within reach of the company’s short-term (6 months) and long-term goals (2 years) and takes their financial and manpower constraints into account. Ultimately, we narrowed down to 3 certifications that best fit the company’s profile - ISO 9001, ISO 14001, Science-based Targets Initiative.

Together, we pave the most realistic decarbonization pathway for the company to take.

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