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CGF Environmental Director Speaks about Natural Refrigerants at ATMOsphere Ibérica in Madrid

On October 24th, Ignacio Gavlian, Director of Environmental Sustainability at The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) took part in a panel discussion at ATMOsphere Ibérica: Business Case for Natural Refrigerants in Madrid, a conference that brings together industry decision makers and governments to change the future of natural refrigerants in Spain, Portugal, Latin America and around the world.

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Seven Brands Add Their Food Waste Stories to Updated CGF Publication

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has published an updated Food Waste Booklet, featuring yet more real life examples of how CGF members are measuring and reducing food loss and waste.

In 2015, the CGF launched its Food Waste Resolution, with members agreeing to halve food waste in their own operations by 2025 and in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The booklet came on the heels of this Resolution, showcasing concrete actions taken by companies to fulfil their commitment and serves as inspiration and guidance to others tackling the issue of food loss and waste. 


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Champions 12.3 Releases Second Annual Report to Assess Food Loss and Waste

Champions 12.3 has just released its second annual report to assess global progress toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3, adopted two years ago, which calls to halve food waste and reduce food loss by 2030.

In this latest publication, co-authored with WRIChampions 12.3 concludes that while Target 12.3 is ambitious, it is achievable. The report outlines a pathway for achieving the Target and assesses global progress to date by countries and companies. To achieve Target 12.3 in the next 14 years, they advise that governments and companies must however move quickly, over the remaining 13 years, to set specific reduction targets, measure food loss and waste within their borders or supply chains, and deliver on policies and programmes that will reduce this inefficiency.

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The CGF Partners with Sustainable Brands® for Their Upcoming Event in Copenhagen

The Consumer Goods Forum is pleased to announce that it is an official partner of the upcoming Sustainable Brands® Copenhagen event on 30th October – 1st November at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel.

In May 2017, Sustainable Brands® launched a 3-year initiative to explore our global societal aspirations and start a conversation about how we can rethink what the ‘Good Life’ means for a healthy individual, family, community, city, country and planet. SB’17 Copenhagen provides the opportunity for brand and sustainability leaders to come together for a conversation about how businesses can position themselves for success and deliver value to customers against the backdrop of changing societal needs.

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The CGF Partners with Forest Trends and Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 for Their Climate Week Event in NYC

The Consumer Goods Forum is pleased to announce that it is an official partner of “Going All-In To Address Commodity-Driven Deforestation”, a Climate Week NYC event organised by Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 and Forest Trends. The event will take place on September 20th at Rockefeller Foundation at 4pm.

The global movement to eliminate the deforestation that is embedded in the world’s global agricultural supply chains by 2020 has gained significant momentum, however independent assessments indicate that the international community will miss its target if efforts are not increased and accelerated. Back in 2010, The Consumer Goods Forum pledged to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020 in beef, soy, palm oil, pulp and paper supply chains. Since 2014, more than 190 government, non-governmental and corporate entities committed to the elimination of all deforestation driven by agricultural commodities by 2020 by signing the New York Declaration on Forests.

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CGF Environmental Director to Attend Event on Food Waste during Climate Week NYC 2017

Alongside event partner Champions 12.3, CGF Director of Environmental Sustainability, Ignacio Gavilan, will be joining CGF Board members for an event entitled “Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Advancing the Agenda” in New York. The event will be held on the morning of 20th September at the Rockerfeller Foundation and coincides with Climate Week NYC 2017.

Each year, one-third of the world’s food is lost or wasted, emitting 8 percent of greenhouse gases and costing the global economy $940 billion. Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3 addresses this issue, calling on the world to cut in half per capita global food waste by 2030. To accelerate this process the CGF developed a Resolution in 2015 to halve food waste within the operations of its 400 retailer and manufacturer members by 2025.

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[BLOG] Are You Committed? The Time to Act on Refrigerants is Now


New research shows that our society is only four years away from keeping the global average temperature of rising to no more than 1.5C. Reductions of CO2 through measures such as the phasing out of chemical refrigerants are necessary. Thankfully, much progress has been made by the global consumer goods industry in transitioning away from fluorinated gases in refrigeration since we published our first Refrigeration Resolution in 2010. This progress was reflected in our revised resolution on refrigeration, published in October 2016, and our first-ever, member-led Refrigeration Case Studies Booklet.



[BLOG] Implementing and Scaling up the CGF Zero Net Deforestation Commitment


Business awareness of deforestation-related challenges has dramatically increased over the past years, as demonstrated by the growing number of business commitments to reducing deforestation impacts in their commodity supply chains. A recent report by Supply Change highlights that the number of companies that made deforestation related commitments grew by 22% in 2016 alone, with a total of 447 companies and 760 commitments.



CGF Participates in Guardian Live Chat Debate on Sustainable Palm Oil


Earlier this week, CGF Environmental Sustainability Director, Ignacio Gavilan, participated in a live chat debate on sustainable palm oil. The debate was held by Guardian Sustainable Business and was supported by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. Participants included representatives from the World Wildlife Fund, The Forest Trust, Mondelez and more.


The Consumer Goods Forum Joins Jury for REFRESH Food Waste Solution Contest


The CGF Director of Environmental Sustainability, Ignacio Gavilan, is one of four food waste experts comprising the jury of the EU-wide REFRESH Food Waste Solution Contest. Ignacio, alongside the panel of jurists, will be announcing the winners of the contest at the REFRESH Conference on 18th May 2017 in Berlin.


Environmental Sustainability Director Participates in IDH Landscapes Forum


CGF Environmental Sustainability Director, Ignacio Gavilan, recently participated in IDH’s Landscapes Forum on 7th and 8th February in Amsterdam. The meeting focused on innovations and good practices to optimise commodity production while conserving forests and ensuring social inclusion – so called “Production, Protection and Inclusion” (PPI) arrangements. This special, invitation-only event brought together a variety of pertinent stakeholders including those from government, business and civil society.

EPA’s GreenChill Program Hosts CGF Webinar on Refrigeration


We are pleased to announce that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Program hosted The Consumer Goods Forum in a webinar focused on sustainable refrigeration titled Efforts to Reduce Refrigerant Emissions through the Consumer Goods Forum. The webinar took place on 28th February at 2:00pm EST. EPA’s GreenChill Program is a partnership with food retail companies to reduce refrigerant emissions, to reduce installed amounts of refrigerant, and to promote advanced refrigeration systems.


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