NEW YORK — The Coca-Cola Co. announced that it has installed its 1 millionth hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-free cooler using natural refrigerant. Together with its bottling partners, the Coca-Cola system has established a goal that all new cold-drink equipment will be HFC-free by 2015. The company said achieving this goal will prevent the emission of more than 50 million metric tons of CO2 over 10 years, an amount equivalent to the annual emissions of more than 10 million passenger vehicles.
“Over the past decade we have invested more than $100 million to make our coolers better for the environment,” said Jeff Seabright, vice president, Environment & Water, The Coca-Cola Co. “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.”