During the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris, which occur Nov. 30 through Dec. 11,
When I reach for a
With around 10 million pieces of refrigeration equipment in use across the
We’ve introduced more than 1.5 million HFC-free coolers and vending machines into the marketplace. About 40 percent of these coolers are CO2-based. CO2 has 1,430 times less global warming potential than typical HFC refrigerant gas. CO2-refrigerated equipment has been active for almost a decade and proven reliable, with a lower lifetime cost.
With an investment of more than $100 million in research and commercialization initiatives, CO2-powered coolers are helping pave the way to a greener future. We have certified 264 cooler models as meeting our performance standards. More than three-quarters of these certified models are more energy efficient than legacy models, and 60 percent have a higher cooling capacity.
In some markets, more than 75 percent of our cooling system purchases are HFC-free. But higher costs and difficulty in sourcing HFC-free equipment in certain countries have hindered our progress. We have also faced challenges developing HFC-free coolers in certain categories, such as countertop units.
In October 2015, we issued a letter to
Reinforcing this continued commitment, leading up to COP21, we signed on to two climate leadership initiatives set through Climate Disclosure Project (CDP) and We Mean Business, one of which is to reduce short-lived climate pollutant emissions (the other is to participate in the low carbon technology partnerships initiative).
And during COP21,
Earlier this year, our dedication to sustainable refrigeration was recognized with the government-backed Minister of the Environment Award in Japan, where
Sustainable refrigeration is one of several climate protection efforts underway at
Tomas Ambrosetti eKOfreshment global program director at The
Read our entire series of COP21 articles.
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