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October 2014

Refrigerants, Naturally! in The Guardian’s Sustainable Business section

Business competitors have realised that greater impact can be achieved by working together on big sustainability issues. Refrigerants, Naturally! was portrayed in The Guardian’s Sustainable Business section.

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May 2014

Business leader calls on governments to phase-out HFC refrigerants

In his keynote speech at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Ascent, Unilever CEO Paul Polman called on governments to phase-out HFC refrigerants.

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April 2014

OzonAction Webinar on "Refrigerants, Naturally! - Cool partnership"

In a webinar on 14 April, Refrigerants, Naturally! members shared insights on the partnership’s experience to date in applying natural refrigeration technologies. The webinar was hosted by UNEP's OzonAction programme.

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January 2014

Coca-Cola installs 1 millionth HFC-Free cooler

The Coca-Cola Company has installed its 1 millionth hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-free cooler using natural refrigerant in the marketplace, preventing the emission of 5.25 million metric tons of CO2 over 10 years. Together with its bottling partners, The Coca-Cola System has established a goal that all new cold-drink equipment will be HFC-free by 2015.


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Facts and figures

We are a global initiative of companies committed to combat  climate change and depletion of the ozone layer by replacing environmentally harmful fluorinated gases (‛F-gases’ such as CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs) with natural refrigerants.

Membership in the initiative includes PepsiCo, Red Bull, The Coca-Cola Company and Unile­ver. The initiative is supported by Greenpeace and by the United Nations Environment Pro­gramme (UNEP).

The key goal of the initiative is to promote a shift in point-of-sale cooling technologies (beverage coolers/vendors and ice-cream freezers) towards natural refrigerants. This sector represents a sig­nificant portion of F-gas refrigerant use.

Globally, The Coca-Cola Company has placed 1 million units using natural refrigerants and is committed to buy only HFC-free equipment from 2015. Unilever has placed over 1.28 million units – reaching into every country that they operate in. With 457.000 units of its efficient ECO cooler, more than half of Red Bull units worldwide use natural refrigerants. PepsiCo has now reached over 240.000 HFC-free units.

Please browse the following pages to learn more about the initiative.

Sylvie Lemmet Director UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics