Refrigerants Naturally! The Coca-Cola Company

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Our Profile

Born 128 years ago in Atlanta Georgia, The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company, available in 200+ countries, with 3500+ products worldwide and an average of 1.5 billion servings daily.

One of the largest components of our climate footprint is found in the roughly 12 million units of refrigeration equipment used to keep our beverages cold. Conventional cold drink equipment potentially contributes to greenhouse gas emissions from both direct (insulation foams and refrigeration fluids) and indirect (electricity consumption) sources.

We are working to improve the environmental performance of our refrigeration equipment in three major ways:

  • We set a goal to improve the energy efficiency of our cooling equipment by 40 percent by the end of 2010.
  • We’ve transitioned to 100% HFC-free insulation foam for new equipment, eliminating 75 percent of direct GHG emissions.
  • We’ve identified natural refrigerant fluids to replace HFC refrigerants and are working towards a goal of phasing out the use of HFCs in all new cold drink equipment as of end 2015.

Our Technology

Following extended R&D and field test programs, we have selected Carbon Dioxide (CO2) as our natural refrigerant of choice to replace HFCs in all our stand alone equipment such as coolers, vending machines and fountain.

To date, we certified and authorized in excess of 210 CO2 models from more than 25 suppliers globally.

Through the last 10 years of development and commercialization, CO2 technology has proved to be at least as energy efficient or better than existing HFC technologies, has higher cooling capacity and performs up to our requirement under harsh ambient conditions.

Our Progress

Since the year 2000, we have invested more than $100 million (US) in research, development and commercialization of more climate-friendly, HFC-free cooling technologies.  

  • We have hit our 2010 energy efficiency target. And we are preparing a new energy reduction target for 2020.
  • We have transitioned to HFC-free insulation foam for new refrigeration equipment.  HFC-free insulation generates 75 % fewer direct GHG emissions than traditional equipment.
  • We developed an intelligent energy management device that when installed into cooling systems reduces electricity use by up to 35 %.  The device monitors usage patterns and then adjusts energy usage to maximize efficiency. To date, we have placed more than 7 million of these units on equipment around the world. Our suppliers are also reducing energy use through efficient fan motors, better door gasket materials and low energy lighting systems.
  • We are developing new technologies to further reduce the energy consumptions of our new equipment.
  • We currently have more than 1.7 million units of HFC-free refrigerated equipment in use throughout our system. 

We are working with other corporations and environmental organizations to accelerate the move to more climate-friendly refrigeration through engagement with Refrigerants, Naturally! and the Consumer Goods Forum.  The Consumer Goods Forum, a CEO-led organization of 400 global consumer goods manufacturers and retailers has pledged to begin phasing out HFC refrigerants as of 2015 and replace them with natural refrigerants.