The Coca-Cola Company is looking to reduce the impact of its US headquarters on the environment.

The company said late last week that it plans to reduce energy consumption at its offices in Atlanta by 23%, while reducing water consumption by almost 15%. The move will include a US$3m investment in energy-efficient lighting and air-conditioning equipment, rainwater harvesting techniques and advanced irrigation control systems, the company said.

"By taking bold measures to conserve natural resources in our own backyard, we want to send a message to companies and individuals that combating a leading global environmental problem demands local action," said Bryan Jacob, The Coca-Cola Co.'s energy and climate protection manager. "We all have a role to play, from using energy-efficient lighting where we can, to repairing leaky faucets and watering our lawns only in the morning and the evening. Each leaky faucet in our homes or offices could be wasting 180 gallons of water per week."

Currently, the company spends over $6m per year on utilities at its Atlanta offices. "Substantial efforts to improve efficiency have been phased in gradually over the last ten years," the company claimed.

All of the planned upgrades are expected to be finished within the next 12 to 18 months.