Coke sets up millionth eco-friendly cooler
Dubai, January 26, 2014
The Coca-Cola Company said it has installed its one millionth hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-free cooler using natural refrigerant in the marketplace as part of its efforts to prevent the emission of 5.25 million metric tons of CO2 over 10 years.
This milestone marks significant progress in the company’s effort to phase out the use of HFC refrigerant - a well-known contributor to climate change - in Coca-Cola dispensers, vending machines and coolers globally.
Together with its bottling partners, Coca-Cola has set a new goal of making all new cold-drink equipment HFC-free by 2015.
Achieving this goal will prevent the emission of over 50 million metric tons of CO2 over 10 years, an amount equivalent to the annual emissions of more than 10 million passenger vehicles, said a senior official.
“Over the past decade we have invested more than $100 million to make our coolers better for the environment,” stated Jeff Seabright, the VP for Environment & Water, The Coca-Cola Company.
In 2009, Coca-Cola set a goal that 100 per cent of its new coolers and vending machines will be HFC-free by 2015 with support from Greenpeace.
The company 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.
"And we have significantly reduced our overall carbon footprint. Through investment in research, development and commercialization efforts we’ve advanced the use of more energy-efficient, HFC-free cooling technologies and energy management systems. We’ve made sustainable refrigeration the cornerstone of our climate protection and energy management efforts," noted Seabright.
According to him, Coca-Cola has improved its cooling equipment energy efficiency by 40 per cent since 2000; and eliminated 75 per cent of direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by transitioning to HFC-free insulation foam for new equipment.
As part of its commitment to pursue more sustainable refrigeration, Coca-Cola selected CO2, a natural refrigerant that eliminates 99 per cent of direct emissions, as its HFC-free, refrigerant choice for new equipment.
Seabright said the company’s investment in more sustainable refrigeration has made CO2 technology a commercially-viable option for the cold drink and food equipment industry.
In 2013, Coca-Cola placed approximately 230,000 units of HFC-free equipment, bringing the global total to one million. While HFC-free placements are scaling-up worldwide, Europe and Japan have been market leaders for Coca-Cola to date, he stated.
The company also remains an active participant in Refrigerants Naturally!, a food and beverage industry alliance. Co-founded by The Coca-Cola Company in 2004 with support from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), this group addresses global climate change through promotion of HFC-free alternative refrigeration technologies.
Currently, Antoine Azar, the sustainable refrigeration manager, The Coca-Cola Company, chairs Refrigerants, Naturally! section.
“Our climate milestones are the result of collaboration between the company, our bottling partners, suppliers and customers,” said Seabright.
“The sustainability of our planet depends on more than us; it requires collective action, which is why we work with governments, organizations and other companies to advance solutions for climate protection. Only together can we successfully attempt to tackle challenges of this magnitude,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service