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 include:
- 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
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 year.