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Cooling Equipment: Pushing Forward with HFC-Free

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Goal:

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

Progress:

Off track. In 2013, we placed approximately 280,000 units of HFC-free equipment (approximately 23 percent of new equipment purchases), bringing our global total to more than 1 million units.


Because of the high global warming potential of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), we are phasing out the use of HFC refrigerants in our cold-drink equipment. With more than 14 million dispensers, vending machines and coolers in the marketplace, we have an enormous opportunity to make a difference. We believe we can avoid the emission of more than 52.5 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent over the next several years—which is equal to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of over 10.9 million passenger vehicles.

In 2013, we placed approximately 280,000 units of HFC-free equipment (approximately 23 percent of new equipment purchases). We have now deployed more than 1 million HFC-free coolers, which will prevent the emission (on an equivalency basis) of an estimated 5.25 million metric tons of CO2 over 10 years (about the same impact as removing 1.1 million cars from the road for a year).

All told, the Coca-Cola system has invested more than $100 million over the past decade to make our coolers more environmentally responsible. 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 remain a hindrance to our progress. We are developing strategies to address these challenges and get back on track to work toward our 2015 goal. Meanwhile, we remain active in Refrigerants, Naturally!, a food and beverage industry alliance, which promotes HFC-free refrigeration technologies. We also played an active role in setting the Consumer Goods Forum goal to begin phasing-out HFC refrigerants in cooling equipment across its 400 member companies starting in 2015.