Coca-Cola Enterprises has announced that it is working with partners to reduce the weight of drinks cans by 5%, saving supplies and reducing its carbon footprint.

The bottler has been involved in a project with WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), which reported today (25 September) that the the new can design will save 15,000 tonnes of aluminium across the EU each year.

The group claimed that amounted to 78,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, or the same as taking 25,000 cars off the road.

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), which led the technical development of the can, said that the new can has set a new standard across the EU, with major beverage brands and brewers already using the lighter can. "6.5 bn light-weighted cans have already been produced and distributed. Next year across Europe over 15bn cans will be produced using the new can design," it said.