Natural capital

We require quality water, land, air and energy. We also depend on a reliable supply of limestone, sand and soda ash for the manufacture of our glass packaging. We apply our resources to convert natural capital into value across all the other capitals.

We strive to reduce the impact of post-consumer packaging waste on landfill facilities through embracing environmental production standards and producer responsibility, evidenced by our commitment to maximising recycling and light-weighting.

2016 2015
Water consumption Mega litres 1 652 1 811
Land area used Square metres 980 373 1 019 438
Energy use Gigajoules 4 555 381 4 432 406
Purchased electricity Megawatt hours 424 161.11 434 347.87
Limestone tonnes 36 600 33 675
Silica sand tonnes 133 139 120 657
Soda ash tonnes 39 312 35 077
2016 2015
Emissions (scope 1 and 2) tCO2e/Rm revenue 28.67 31.80
Energy intensity % tCO2e from electricity 66% 69%
Cullet usage % 47 50
Finer cullet mm 3 7
Metal packaging waste collection % increased from 65% to 70% over four years
Plastic packaging waste collection % increased from 41% to 46% over four years
CDP climate change score   A- relative to C average

How we achieved our outcomes
  • We continued with our initiatives to promote recycling
  • Further investment in aluminium beverage can lines which
  • Invested R18 million in cullet sorting technology which has resulted in an increase in the usage of cullet
  • We reduced our dependence on municipal resources
  • We achieved the energy intensity efficiency target rate set in 2014 largely as a result of significantly improved performance at Glass
  • Drilled a borehole at Glass which will supply process and grey water
  • Installed energy-efficient lighting

Trade-offs in our use of natural capital

We impact negatively on natural capital by using non-renewable resources such as limestone, silica sand and soda ash. The use of cullet, however, impacts positively on natural capital and we will continue to increase the use of this recycled material.