Coca-Cola Doubles Down On Carbon Capture Research

Coca-Cola Doubles Down On Carbon Capture Research - Carbon Herald
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Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) has teamed up with two more universities to ramp up its research of carbon capture technologies. 

The aim of the newly announced partnerships is to implement carbon capture across the corporation’s entire supply chain and not only reduce its emissions, but also find ways to utilize them in its production processes. 

Namely, captured CO2 can be converted to plastics and sugar, both of which are essential in the company’s products. 

Plans to scale carbon capture and further explore different utilization methods were announced by Coca-Cola last year, when the company partnered with the University of California, Berkeley (UCB).

Now agreements have been signed with the University of Twente (UT) in the Netherlands and Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) in Tarragona, Spain, to double down on research efforts.

Namely, the research of both universities will focus on finding novel ways to turn carbon dioxide into a feedstock for sugars that are essential for the carbonation of soft drinks, and are also a necessary component in synthetic fuels needed to power facilities. 

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Furthermore, CO2 can also be used as a feedstock to produce packaging materials – technology that has already been introduced and is used successfully at an industrial scale. 

Now the research will also aim to see how these technologies can be implemented and used on site. 

“We are challenging ourselves to think differently about CO₂, which is so often only seen as a dangerous waste product. What if we could not only take CO₂ out of the atmosphere, where we know it’s causing harm but also turn it into something useful? Then we could start thinking of it as a valuable resource,” said Craig Twyford, head of CCEP Ventures.

These steps put CCEP on the path of slashing its net emissions across its value chain, which CCEP pledged to bring down by 30% by the end of the decade and reach net-zero emissions by 2040. 

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