VEVEY, Switzerland — Nestlé has announced that, as of January 2015, every new horizontal chest freezer it buys to store ice cream will use natural refrigerants rather than synthetic refrigerants. These new freezers represent 70 percent of Nestlé’s total spend on freezers.

“Already, in 2013, Nestlé committed itself to buying only new horizontal ice cream chest freezers with natural refrigerants in Europe,” said Pascal Gréverath, head of environmental sustainability at Nestlé.

“Now, we are making this pledge global. This is the second stage in a wider process of making our entire fleet of freezers more environmentally efficient, cooled using natural refrigerants.

“These actions contribute to ensuring that Nestlé products are not only tastier and healthier but also better for the environment along the entire value chain.”

The company said it has implemented natural refrigerant alternatives in 93 percent of its industrial refrigeration systems. The pledges are part of Nestlé’s aim to provide further climate change leadership. These include its commitment to progressively phase out the use of high global warming potential refrigerants, such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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Publication date: 12/22/2014

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