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“Climate change is real and the time to act on solutions is now,” said Muhtar Kent, The Coca-Cola Co.’s chairman and chief executive officer in a statement. “Greenpeace has played a critical role in raising our awareness about the need for natural refrigeration. Our announcement today demonstrates a commitment to use our influence in the marketplace to drive innovation and help shape a low-carbon future.”
The transition to HFC-free refrigeration will reduce the equipment’s direct greenhouse gas emissions by 99 percent, the company says. Currently, the company uses two HFC-free solutions: hydrocarbon refrigeration for smaller refrigeration equipment and carbon dioxide for larger equipment.
The Coca-Cola Co. and its bottling partners will purchase a minimum of 150,000 units of HFC-free equipment, effectively doubling the current rate of purchase. The goal is to purchase 50 percent of all new coolers and vending machines without HFCs by 2012.
“We welcome Coca-Cola’s commitment to tackle climate change; large enterprises have both an opportunity and responsibility to change the game, and Coca-Cola’s action leave no excuse for other companies not to follow,” said Kumi Naidoo, executive director at Greenpeace International, in a statement.