Speeches and Floor Statements

Congresswoman Roybal-Allard's Remarks at the Coca Cola Alternative Fuel Vehicle Unveiling at Distribution Facility in Downtown Los Angeles

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Downtown Los Angeles, August 12, 2011 | Helen Machado (202-225-1766) | comments
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard joined Coca-Cola Refreshments (CCR) of Southern California today at the company's Downtown Los Angeles distribution center to showcase the newest additions to its growing fleet of low- to zero-emission Alternative Fuel Vehicles.

The event highlighted the company's leadership in sustainability efforts and commitment to reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The new vehicles are comprised of electric and hybrid electric and other fuel efficient technologies, taking Coca-Cola Refreshments’ total North American fleet size to more than 740 AFV’s, the largest hybrid fleet in North America.

CCR’s California operations will comprise nearly 40 percent of CCR’s AFV’s by the end of the year to help reduce impact on air quality in urban areas. In California, a total of 253 Alternative Fuel Vehicles have been added since last year.

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard said, “President Obama's National Clean Fleets Partnership demonstrates how the federal government and businesses can work together effectively. This program leverages federal expertise with good business sense to help companies reduce diesel and gasoline use in their fleet vehicles. This model public private partnership will create jobs, spur economic growth, and promote good environmental stewardship. I am very pleased to see Coca-Cola, one of America's greatest brands, take a leading role in this important effort.” Click here to read the full text of the congresswoman's remarks.

“From our initial purchases, our total national fleet has expanded to more than 740 alternative fuel vehicles of which 302 will be part of the California fleet,” said Coca-Cola’s Vice President of Field Operations, Tim Heinen. “We are committed to operating a sustainable business throughout California. Our hybrid fleet is a great example of how we are delivering on our promise to grow the business in our industry, not our carbon.”

“California’s hybrid-vehicle incentive program is helping put more of the very cleanest short-haul and delivery trucks onto the roads and into the communities where they are most needed,” said Air Resources Board Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “Coca-Cola is to be commended for its leadership role in choosing the cleanest delivery vehicles for its fleet and being part of the clean air and climate change solution.”

About the Coca-Cola Company:
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Along with Coca-Cola, recognized as the world’s most valuable brand, the Company’s portfolio includes 12 other billion dollar brands, including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply and Georgia. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company’s beverages at a rate of 1.6 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that protect the environment, conserve resources and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our website at www.thecoca-colacompany.com.
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