Coca-Cola invests in energy-saving PET technology

Soft drink company Coca-Cola Amatil is using almost $1.3 million in carbon price revenue for an energy-saving project at its Richlands facility in Queensland.

The project will help produce the lightest PET plastic bottles in the global Coca-Cola system. It will involve the installation of the latest ‘blow-fill’ or PET bottle self-manufacture technology into an existing beverage production line for 1.25, 1.5 and two litre PET bottles.

Announcing the grant, the minister for industry and innovation Greg Combet, and federal member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll commended the company for reducing emissions and boosting competitiveness.

“Through this project the company will save up to $285,000 in energy costs a year while also reducing the amount of plastic in bottles,” Combet said.

Combet added that other than funding from the government, Coca-Cola Amatil will also contribute $2.5 million towards installing the PET technology.

The project will reduce carbon emissions intensity of the blending and filling equipment at the Richlands facility by 32 percent, thus reducing energy usage by 40 percent.

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