Coca-Cola Femsa announced the migration to ‘clean energy’ consumption systems for all its plants in Colombia.
During the second Energy Efficiency Business Conference, organized by Colombia’s National Association of Entrepreneurs (ANDI), the company said that thanks to an alliance with Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM), Coca Cola’s plants will have a ‘green energy supply’ for the next 15 years.
The energy source that will be used for the initiative is the Jepírachi wind farm, located in La Guajira, which has an installed capacity of 20MW; enough energy to supply the demand of the seven production plants that the company has in Bogotá, Tocancipá, La Calera, Cali, Medellín, Bucaramanga and Barranquilla, El Colombiano reported.
“At Coca-Cola Femsa, we are committed to our planet and we work daily in a large number of projects focused on reducing the energy impact of our operations with the environment. We are very proud to take this great step in Colombia, showing our commitment to simultaneously generate economic, social and environmental value in the country,” said Coca Cola’s Director of Supply Chain, Iván Becerra.
In line with the firm’s goal, two of the company’s plants in the country are already implementing multiple generation projects, aimed at reducing their carbon footprint.
This is the case of the multiple generation plants in the Industrial Park of Tocancipá, opened in April and operated by Air Liquide.
Bottom-line: Slowly but surely, companies are starting to migrate to cleaner energy sources to supply energy to their facilities.
Coca Cola Femsa is one of the largest companies in the non-alcoholic drink market, and its commitment to La Guajira is the first of many that we anticipate will come, given the potential of this region.
With that being said, communities in La Guajira are especially skeptical of the industry and royalties’ resources, given their dark history with corruption.