The Coca-Cola Company has been able to improve the efficiency of its refrigeration equipment
and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by this equipment. Some of the results
- Improving the energy efficiency of its cooling equipment by 40 percent. A large part
of the progress is due to the company’s work developing an intelligent EMS that
delivers energy savings of up to 35 percent when placed on its equipment.
- Transitioning to HFC-free insulation foam for new equipment, eliminating 75 percent of
direct GHG emissions as compared to traditional refrigeration equipment.
- Identifying a natural refrigerant gas, CO2, to replace HFC refrigerant gas and are
phasing out the use of HFCs in all new equipment by 2015.
- Coca-Cola has over 550,000 units of HFC-free refrigerated equipment in use throughout its
system. The company recently executed a significant new CO2 compressor supply agreement,
which will enable it to triple its use over the next two
The Coca-Cola Company collaborates with peer companies, NGOs, government officials, customers
and others to identify the areas where it can improve the overall energy efficiency of its
cooling equipment and phase out the use of harmful “F-gases” in its equipment.
Through these efforts, The Coca-Cola Company has been able to help its customers – many
who operate in highly-populated urban areas and some who are starting new businesses –
effectively manage and often reduce the energy use from coolers in their stores.
In addressing climate change, The Coca-Cola Company has pursued collaboration opportunities
with peer companies, NGOs, government officials and others. For example, the company
coordinated a Sustainable Refrigeration Summit, bringing together diverse companies to
explore more rapid adoption of natural, HFC-free refrigerants. That summit laid the
groundwork for The Consumer Goods Forum’s pledge to start phasing out HFC refrigerants
by 2015. The Forum’s commitment was announced in November to coincide with the United
Nation’s Climate Change Conference in Cancún, Mexico (COP16).
The Coca-Cola Company is moving forward to be 100 percent HFC-free for new equipment
purchases by 2015. They have also placed over 4.3 million energy management devices, reducing
their customers’ energy consumption by an estimated 4.1 billion kWh/year – saving
them approximately $336 million/year and delivering corresponding emissions reductions of
approximately 2.4 million metric tons/year. Over the past decade, the company has
invested more than USD $60 million in research and development to advance the use of
climate-friendly, HFC-free cooling technologies.
As a result of the Coca-Cola system's commitment to eliminate the use of HFCs in its
equipment, carbon emission reductions will exceed 52.5 million tons over the life of the
equipment – the equivalent of taking more than 11 million cars off of the road for one