As of 2020*, all new cold-drink equipment will be HFC-free.
Off track. In 2015, we placed approximately 493,902 units of HFC-free equipment (approximately 44 percent of new equipment purchases), bringing our global total to more than 1.8 million units.
Refrigeration is the single biggest estimated source of our system’s carbon emissions footprint, so we are working to improve the environmental performance of our refrigeration equipment. Since 2000, we have improved our cooling equipment energy efficiency by 40 percent; and we have eliminated 75 percent of direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by transitioning to HFC-free insulation foam for new equipment.
A major focus for improvement has been phasing out hydrofluorocarbon (HFCs) refrigerants, using natural refrigerant fluids, in our cold-drink equipment across our global value chain.
About 50 percent of our 1.8 million HFC-free coolers are CO₂-based. CO₂ has 1,430 times less global warming potential than typical HFC refrigerant gas. CO₂-refrigerated equipment has been in the marketplace for more than a decade and has been proven reliable, with a lower lifetime cost.
We have more than 5.6 million intelligent energy management devices in use on our refrigeration equipment, reducing customer electricity consumption and saving them an estimated $400 million annually and delivering corresponding emissions reductions of approximately 3.1 million metric tons per year.
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 280 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.
*In October 2015, we issued a letter to Coca-Cola system leadership (presidents, technical directors, R&D general managers and procurement directors) restating our commitment to becoming HFC-free. We are now working toward all new cold drink equipment purchases being HFC-free and to have lower energy consumption than legacy models by 2020. While reaching our goal will take longer than anticipated, we plan to keep striving to get there. Additionally, we will continue to transparently track progress against this goal as we align these initiatives with our 2020 goal to reduce the carbon footprint of the “drink in your hand.”
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