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European Coca-Cola bottler to pioneer carbon capture technology

20.12.2018 Share

A Swiss-based Coca-Cola bottling company is set to introduce air-captured CO2 use to the beverage industry to help reduce costs and achieve its long-term climate targets.

Coca-Cola HBC, the subsidiary of major bottling firm Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, will use a CO2 removal solution created by Swiss technology provider Climeworks.

The beverage industry is one of the world’s largest user of CO2 feedstocks, using 10 million tonnes of CO2 per year, and is therefore well-placed to benefit from filter-based CO2 capture, Climeworks insists.

Climeworks’ co-founder and CEO Christoph Gebal saidd: “We are very happy to be entering the beverage market together with Coca-Cola HBC. During the last years, Coca-Cola HBC has been an exceptionally supportive partner and invaluable in moving the application of DAC in the beverage industry forward - something we are very thankful for.”

In order to guarantee the highest purity standards required for using CO2 in beverages, Climeworks works with Pentair Union Engineering, a world leader in purification and liquefaction of high-quality CO2. The two companies have worked together since 2016 through an EU-funded project-  to develop a containerised product providing beverage-grade CO2 from Climeworks air-captured CO2.

Capturing carbon

Earlier this year, energy group Drax announced entered talks with the British Beer & Pub Association to explore whether the CO2 captured during its bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project could be used to tackle CO2 shortages in the beverage industry.

The talks between Drax and the British Beer & Pub Association came as a response to the major CO2 distribution problems across the UK and mainland Europe this summer. At least five major European CO2 producers, which sell the gas to drinks manufacturers, went offline for maintenance.

CCS is the most cost-effective way of meeting climate change targets and needs to be deployed sooner rather than later, according to the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI). The organisation has previously highlighted that the UK has "more than enough" potential CCS sites to meet legally binding 2050 carbon targets in a cost-effective manner, which apparently could save up to £2bn annually throughout the 2020s.