Coke reports on progress made with new HFC-free equipment pledge

By Sabine Lobnig, Feb 07, 2012, 00:00 2 minute reading

The Coca-Cola Company has released its 2010/2011 Sustainability Report, which provides an in-depth review of the sustainability efforts made by the company itself and its bottling partners, including progress made towards its goal to have all new cold-drink equipment HFC-free as of 2015.

With more than 10 million dispensers, vending machines and coolers in the marketplace, The Coca-Cola Company has the opportunity to contribute to the global response to climate change through installing cooling equipment that is HFC-free. By phasing out HFCs, they expect to avoid emissions of more than 52.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent over the life of the equipment.

Progress towards 100% new HFC-free coolers as of 2015

According to its latest Sustainability Report, the company had by the end of August 2011 increased its HFC-free coolers to 400,000. But how does this compare to the different goals that the company has with regards to HFC-free equipment:
  • Install 150,000 HFC-free coolers in the marketplace by 2010: In 2009, The Coca-Cola Company worked with Greenpeace to set a goal of installing 150,000 HFC-free coolers around the globe by the end of 2010. The company has met that goal and actually exceeded it, bringing their global total to 277,000 by the end of 2010, out of which 162,000 were installed in 2010 alone.
  • As of 2015, all new cold-drink equipment will be HFC-free, with an interim goal of being 50 percent HFC-free by 2012: According to the report, approximately 15 percent of the company’s new cold-drink equipment purchases were HFC-free in 2010.

Goal for more efficient cooling equipment: in progress

Another goal related to increasing the energy efficiency of new cooling equipment by 40 percent by the end of 2010, compared with 2000 levels.

All newly certified models of glass-door coolers – that make up about 74 percent of the total equipment base and nearly 90% of the cold-drink equipment purchased in 2010 - are now at least 40 percent more efficient compared to year 2000 levels. For example, approximately 45 percent of company-owned coolers now contain energy management devices, resulting in an estimated 16 percent reduction in energy consumption for the cooler fleet.

The company also estimates that approximately 95% of new vending machines and fountain machines, which make up the remainder of its equipment base, also meet the goal of being at least 40% more energy efficient than in 2000.

About the 2010/2011 Sustainability Report

The Coca-Cola Company released its eighth system-wide Sustainability Report, titled Reasons to Believe at the end of January 2012. This year's Report was created using stakeholder feedback and, for the first time, follows the disclosure and reporting requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The Coca-Cola Company reported against the GRI's key performance indicators in the areas of economic, environmental and social performance and self-declared a B grade against the new GRI G3.1 guidelines. This year's report also received verification by a third party agency, indicating the agency's approval of tracking systems, resulting in an overall B+ grade. The four main areas of focus include water stewardship, energy efficiency and climate protection, sustainable packaging and healthy communities.


By Sabine Lobnig

Feb 07, 2012, 00:00

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