The Coca-Cola Company has installed its 1 millionth hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-free cooler using natural refrigerant, preventing the emission of 5.25 million metric tons of CO2 over 10 years, the company says.
The HFC-free coolers use CO2, which eliminates 99 percent of direct emissions.
This milestone moves the company closer to its goal of phasing out the use of HFC refrigerant, which contributes to climate change, in Coca-Cola dispensers, vending machines and coolers globally. Together with its bottling partners, Coca-Cola has set a goal that all new cold-drink equipment will be HFC-free by 2015. Achieving this goal will prevent the emission of more than 50 million metric tons of CO2 over 10 years, the company says.
Coca-Cola has improved its cooling equipment energy efficiency by 40 percent since 2000; and eliminated 75 percent of direct greenhouse gas emissions by transitioning to HFC-free insulation foam for new equipment. Over the last 10 years the company has invested more than $100 million to make its coolers better for the environment, says Jeff Seabright, vice president, environment and water.
This work furthers the 2013 goal set by the company to reduce the carbon footprint of “the drink in your hand” by 25 percent by 2020. This goal includes working to reduce the GHG emissions across the entire value chain of Coca-Cola’s products by making comprehensive reductions in manufacturing processes, packaging formats, delivery fleet, refrigeration equipment and ingredient sourcing.
Also this week, Whirlpool said it is using Honeywell’s low-global-warming potential (GWP) foam blowing agent in insulation in its US-made refrigerators and freezers and EOS Climate said it will provide the DuPont refrigerant distributor network access to its Refrigerant Asset System.