Deforestation (approved December 2010)
We will achieve this both by individual company initiatives and by working collectively in partnership with governments and NGOs.
Together we will develop specific, time bound and cost effective action plans for the different challenges in sourcing commodities like palm oil, soya, beef, paper and board in a sustainable fashion.
We will also work with other stakeholders – NGOs, development banks, governments etc – to create funding mechanisms and other practical schemes that will incentivise and assist forested countries to conserve their natural assets and enable them to achieve the goal of zero net deforestation, whilst at the same time meeting their goals for economic development
Refrigeration #1 (approved December 2010; closed January 2016)
As the Board of The Consumer Goods Forum, we recognise the major and increasing contribution to total greenhouse gas emissions of HFCs and derivative chemical refrigerants. We are therefore taking 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.
We recognise that barriers exist to wide scale adoption of more climate-friendly refrigeration, namely legislative restrictions in some markets, availability, cost, safety, maintenance and servicing. We will work to overcome those barriers by strengthening existing collaborative platforms and initiatives. We also will use our collective influence to encourage our supply base to develop natural refrigerant technologies that meet our business demand under commercially viable conditions.
Refrigeration #2 (approved October 2016)
The Board of Directors of The Consumer Goods Forum recognises that a rapid phase down of high GWP (global warming potential) HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) and more sustainable management of refrigeration and systems is necessary to meet the ambitious goal of holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to further pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C, as set out in the Paris Climate Agreement (COP21). We additionally recognise that our 2010 Resolution has helped stimulate innovative alternatives to HFC refrigerants
which are commercially available and deployed today.
We therefore, as individual member companies, commit to the following in all commercial and industrial refrigeration equipment under our control(1) along the food & beverage supply chain:
In markets where viable(2), to install new equipment that utilise only natural refrigerants or alternative ultra-low(3) GWP refrigerants, effective immediately;
In markets where barriers to deployment exist, to engage with our suppliers, civil society, business partners and governments to overcome remaining technical, regulatory and other barriers in certain geographies and sectors, to enable the purchase of new equipment that utilise only natural refrigerants or alternative ultra-low GWP refrigerants as soon as possible and no later than 2025;
Work to reduce the total equivalent environmental warming impact of our existing and new refrigeration systems, including (but not limited to) improving energy efficiency, optimising refrigerant charge sizes, and minimising refrigerant leaks;
Develop individual targets and action plans to measure and achieve the above and regularly publish information on progress.
Furthermore, we recognise that effective regulation is essential to ensure the equitable global phase down of HFCs and therefore call for the inclusion of HFCs within the Montreal Protocol, including transfer of technology and finance to support emerging markets.
(1) The scope includes all stationary and mobile refrigeration systems commonly used in commercial and industrial applications along the food & beverage supply chain including point-of-sale (restaurants supermarkets, retail shops, vending machines), factories, processing plants, distribution centres, vans, trucks, trailers and shipping vessels.
(2) Legally allowed, commercially viable and technically feasible with safe operation assured
(3) GWP less than 150, in line with the European Union’s “F-Gas Regulation” (EU No 517/2014) on fluorinated gases.
Food Waste (approved June 2015)
As the Board of The Consumer Goods Forum, we recognise that food waste is a major social, environmental and economic challenge. It undermines food security, contributes to climate change, consumes scarce natural resources such as water unnecessarily, and costs money. We are committed to doing our part to help reduce food waste. Our aim is to:
Contribute to the UN goals by 2030(3):
to halve per capita global food waste at the consumer level, and
to reduce food losses along production and supply chains including post-harvest losses and maximise the value of the remaining waste.
We will achieve both by individual company initiatives, by engaging with our supply chains and end consumers (where material) and by working collectively in partnership with governments and NGOs.
(1) Food waste will be assessed by individual member companies as food and/or associated inedible parts removed from the food supply chain and sent to disposal (landfill, draining or incineration without energy recovery) per unit of food sales (in constant currency).
(2) Please refer to point 2 of the Implementation Plan for further details.
(3) Based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals on Food Waste adopted by UN Member States in September 2015.