The Coca-Cola Company
- The largest component of our climate footprint is found in the roughly 10 million units of refrigeration equipment used to keep our beverages cold. Conventional cold drink equipment contributes 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 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 phasing out the use of HFCs in all new cold drink equipment as of 2015.
- We have invested more than $60 million (US) over the past decade in research and development to advance the use of climate-friendly, HFC-free cooling technologies.
- We have hit our energy efficiency target for all coolers and 85 percent of our vending machines. We expect all of our refrigeration equipment will hit our efficiency target by the end of 2011.
- We have transitioned to HFC-free insulation foam for new refrigeration equipment. HFC-free insulation generates 75 percent 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 percent. It is standard equipment in each new cooler, and can be retrofitted to most existing coolers. The device monitors usage patterns and then adjusts energy usage to maximize efficiency. To date, we have placed more than
3.5million of these units on equipment around the world. Our suppliersare also reducing energy use through efficient fan motors, better door gasket materials and low energy lighting systems.
- We currently have more than 302,000 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 withRefrigerants, 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.