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Coca Cola to narrowly miss HFC-free global refrigeration target

Soft drinks giant will miss its target, set in 2009 for including natural refrigerants in all new equipment globally by 4 per cent,

Coca Cola will narrowly fail to reach its ambitious target of only using natural refrigerants - primarily carbon dioxide, but also hydrocarbons - in all its new vending machines globally by 2015. The manufacturer’s sustainable refrigeration manager Antoine Azar told the audience at the Atmosphere conference in Brussels that there remained a 4 per cent ‘technology gap’ in the smallest vending machine sizes.

The drinks giant now has 1.4 million HFC-free vending machines, a 20 per cent rise over the previous year, Mr Azar said, with 78 per cent of models performing more efficiently than HFC units,

However, Mr Azar was confident the gap would be closed soon “There are definitely no peformance problems with CO2 technology in any climate,” he said, “We are not facing any major issues with servicing the new equipment either.”.

For the very smallest equipment, Coca Cola is looking at thermo-electric cooling, Mr Azar said. “It uses no refrigerant, so it has fewer breakdowns, and it is very quiet. The only downside is its energy efficiency.”

Coca Cola is part of the Refrigerants Naturally alliance of manufacturers, which has made public commitments to exiting HFCs.. Both Coca Cola and Red Bull confirmed at the conference that they would not consider HFOs within their scope of being HFC-free.

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