Coca-Cola has pledged that all its new cold-drink equipment will be HFC-free by 2015, preventing the emission of an estimated 50 million tonnes of CO2 over 10 years. In the process, the drinks manufacturer claims to have improved its cooling equipment energy efficiency by 40% since 2000.
“Over the past decade we have invested more than $100m to make our coolers better for the environment,” said Jeff Seabright, Coca-Cola’s vice president, environment & water.
Last year, Coca-Cola placed approximately 230,000 CO2 coolers on the market, bringing its global total to 1 million. While HFC-free placements are scaling-up worldwide, Europe and Japan are said to have been market leaders for Coca-Cola to date.