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Cooling Equipment: Pushing Forward with HFC-Free

Climate friendly cooler



Goal:

As of 2015, all new cold-drink equipment will be HFC-free.

Progress:

Off track.  In 2014, we placed approximately 297,500 units of HFC-free equipment (approximately 30 percent of new equipment purchases), bringing our global total to more than 1.4 million units.    


Refrigeration is the largest source of our system’s carbon emissions footprint. Because of the high global warming potential of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), we are phasing out the use of HFC refrigerants in our cold-drink equipment across our global value chain. 

About 40 percent of our 1.4 million HFC-free coolers are CO-based. CO has 1,430 times less global warming potential than typical HFC refrigerant gas. CO-refrigerated equipment has been in the marketplace for almost a decade and has been proven reliable, with a lower lifetime cost.

All told, the Coca-Cola system has invested more than $100 million over the past decade to make our coolers more environmentally responsible. We have certified 230 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. Nearly 40 percent are certified to perform in hot or humid conditions.

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.

We will continue to track our progress against this goal as we align these initiatives against our 2020 commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of the “drink in your hand.”