Coca-Cola moving to HFC-free refrigeration

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ATLANTA — The Coca-Cola Co. and its bottling partners have announced 100% of their new vending machines and coolers will be free of hydrofluorocarbons (H.F.C.s) by 2015.

The announcement is part of the work the company has been doing with Greenpeace and is a demonstration that phasing out the use of H.F.C.s is an achievable goal.

“Climate change is real, and the time to act on solutions is now,” said Muhtar Kent, chairman and chief executive officer for Coca-Cola. “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 company said a transition to H.F.C.-free refrigeration will reduce the equipment’s direct greenhouse gas emissions by 99%. The company said it has invested more than $50 million in research and development to advance the use of climate-friendly cooling technologies. Next year the company and its bottlers will purchase a minimum of 150,000 units of H.F.C.-free equipment, which will double the current rate of purchase to enable an interim goal of purchasing 50% of all new coolers and vending machines without H.F.C.s by 2012.

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