The organisation representing food retailers and manufacturers, the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), announced renewed commitment among its members to phase out HFC refrigerants.
The CGF agreed a new resolution which calls on companies to rid their business of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. The organisation is striving to meet its goal of helping to reduce global warming. HFCs, the CGF states, make up 1.5% of all warming potential today. Experts believe that HFCs could be between 6% and 9% of all greenhouse gases by 2050 unless urgent steps are taken to eliminate them.
The legislation is very influential in bringing about change, and the CGF wants to include HFCs in the Montreal Protocol.
"Once again CGF members are showing global and environmental leadership, and this latest move will play important role in achieving wider sustainability standards in the industry. As we move away from HFC gases and towards cleaner business practices, it's crucial that the consumer goods industry continues to lead the way and stay ahead of the curve."
"Positive actions by leading global consumer goods companies over the last six years have proved the commercial and operational viability of low carbon refrigeration systems in many parts of the world. As part of our Prosper sustainable development ambition, SABMiller has a 2020 target to purchase no new HFC fridges.
"This new Refrigeration Resolution will help the whole industry move towards eliminating high global warming-potential refrigerants from our sector, as part of our active commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement."
Their results appear positive overall with the natural refrigerants. However, the CGF announcement shows that there is still much work to eliminate HFCs from refrigeration systems globally.