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New Nestlé freezers to help tackle climate change

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a horizontal chest freezer in use in Switzerland
KEEPING COOL: The new freezers use substances that do not harm the ozone layer.

Nestlé is systematically introducing more environmentally efficient ice cream freezers using natural refrigerants across Europe.

The company has pledged that from now on all new commercial horizontal ice cream chest freezers bought by Nestlé across Europe will use only natural refrigerants.

These are naturally occurring substances - like carbon dioxide, ammonia, water or air and hydrocarbons, like propane and iso-butane - which do not harm the ozone layer and have no or negligible global warming effects.

The new horizontal ice cream chest freezers will reduce energy consumption by more than a third, in comparison with existing systems.

Replace and renew

Already, Nestlé has introduced 18,000 natural refrigerant hydrocarbon freezers worldwide.

The company has also invested more than CHF 240 million to replace synthetic refrigerants with natural alternatives in more than 92% of its industrial refrigeration systems.

The decision to systematically introduce these commercial horizontal ice cream chest freezers across Europe is part of Nestlé’s commitment to progressively phase out the use of high global warming potential refrigerants, such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFC).

It also moves the company beyond meeting the Consumer Goods Forum Resolution on Refrigeration, which encourages businesses to take action towards phasing out some HFC refrigerants from 2015.


Consumer Goods Forum Resolution

“Action to mobilise resources within our respective businesses to begin phasing-out HFC refrigerants as of 2015 and replace them with non-HFC refrigerants (natural refrigerant alternatives) where these are legally allowed and available for new purchases of point-of-sale units and large refrigeration installations.”

Related information:
Refrigeration at Nestlé – what we are doing
Environmental sustainability at Nestlé
Consumer Goods Forum

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