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Coffee for Cause brings together a cross-section of ‘responsible’ champions from various cause verticals for informal talks over coffee, to seriously discuss causes that matter. It is to know, converse with, and exchange ideas with people whose areas of work revolve around ‘causes’. This is a regular forum that enables conversations that go on, to build relationships, and to give a boost to scattered efforts that are for one cause or the other.

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Green Impact – 65 % reduction in carbon footprints

Following table elucidates the impact we created through replacing thousands of plastic water bottles and replacing them with Drinking Water Stations. The direct impact of removal of plastic water bottles is due to cutting down the CO2 emissions while manufacturing and incineration while the In-direct impact is due to the reduction in CO2 emissions in logistics and delivery to the point of use.

CARBON FOOT PRINT SAVINGS

A

Direct Impact - Plastic bottles reduction

 

Total number of bottles removed from circulation*

22,245

 

 

Approximate weight of each 20-liter bottle

0.72

kg

 

Total weight of plastics removed

16,016

kg

 

CO2 while manufacturing & incineration / kg of plastic

6

kg

 

CO2 emission reduction

96,098

kg CO2e

B

Indirect Impact - Estimated savings on fuel emissions

 

 

 

 

 

1 trip takes approximately

50

bottles

 

To and fro trip saved at least

890

monthly trips

 

Total travel saved (assuming each trip of 10 km)

106,776

km / annum

 

Fuel consumed @ 20 kmpl

5,339

liter of diesel

 

CO2 emissions per liter

2.68

kg / liter of diesel

 

Net emission impact

14,308

kg CO2e/annum

 

Total Reduction of CO2 per month

110,406

kg CO2e

*Monthly consumption of 20-liter bottle

Water Conservation – 16 million liters water saved

Apart from reducing the carbon footprints by at least 65 %, we also enable corporates to conserve water to a considerable amount which not only is a makes a better financial sense to them but also increases their contribution to sustainability and water-secure future.

Bottled water not only leads to plastic pollution but also results in water mining. To set up a big plant near a water abundant area, bottled water companies need to extract groundwater from a source at a rate more than the replenishment rate leading to persistent decline in the groundwater levels. The groundwater is taken out, bottled, and then shipped all over the country or world and this water never goes back. When the water table depletes beyond a critical limit, bottling companies just move from that area leaving a grave water scarcity.

Groundwater depletion impacts everyone and everything in the area who uses water: farmers, businesses, animals, ecosystems, tourism, and the regular guy getting his water from a well.  Millions of gallons of water out of the ground leaves the water table depleted uniformly and not just in that area because water table is connected across the landmass. Bottling Plants generate water scarcity and impact ecological balance.

Following table depicts the amount of water saved through removal of bottled water from ERICSSON:

No. of 20-liter bottles used per month

22,245

Water Consumption

444,900 liters

Water Wastage *

17,79,600 liters

Water Saved per month

13,34,700 liters

Water Saved per year

1,60,16,400 liters

16 Million liters