Climate ChangeReducing Our Industry's Footprint

Deforestation and Climate Change - The Consumer Goods Forum

Achieving Zero Net Deforestation

Deforestation accounts for 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Each year, 11.5 million hectares of tropical rainforest is destroyed; the equivalent of 50 football fields per minute. Whilst the causes of deforestation are complex, it is generally acknowledged that the biggest drivers are the cultivation of soya and oil palm, logging for the production of paper and board and the rearing of cattle. All of these commodities are major ingredients in the supply chains of most consumer goods companies. Our member companies drive the demand for these commodities and have an opportunity to ensure that the sourcing of these ingredients does not contribute to deforestation.
 
Therefore, our Board, at its meeting in November 2010, agreed a resolution pledging to mobilise resources within their respective businesses to help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. There is much to be done, but through working collectively in partnership with governments and NGOs, the creation of key documents, important stakeholder meetings and through webinars and other materials, change is happening.

About Phasing Out HFCs

Refrigeration is a significant and growing source of greenhouse gases. This is because the dominant technology - hydro fluorocarbons (HFC) - is 1400 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. HFC’s represent 1.5% of total warming potential today and are expected to increase to 6-9% of total GHG by 2050 unless action is taken. 
 
HCFCs and HFCs are fluorinated gases (F-gases) and are widely used in the consumer goods sector, in items such as beverage coolers, vending machines, ice cream freezers, open deck coolers and freezers used in supermarkets. 
 
Our industry acknowledges its responsibility to phase out ozone depleting substances and is taking action to move to natural refrigerant alternatives. Confirmation of this came when our Board approved a 2nd resolution in 2010 to begin phasing out HFCs as of 2015.

Refrigeration & Climate Change - The Consumer Goods Forum

Measurement & Climate Change - The Consumer Goods Forum

Understanding Our Impact

Our members want to better understand the environmental sustainability impacts of their businesses and of the products which they make and sell.  Ultimately, they want to communicate these to their customers and consumers. The first step in addressing these issues is to understand and measure the impacts that we have in our businesses and across our value chains. It is only then that we can prioritise resources to manage those impacts. What is missing today is a single global framework to be able to share readily comparable information between companies, regulators, customers and NGOs. 
 
Through our measurement work, we plan to achieve a common global system for measuring of environmental impacts starting with carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases, not only for our direct business activities, but for the lifecycle of the products and services we sell. This will allow companies to manage emission reductions more effectively because all partners will be talking the same language and using the same data sets. It will also help the industry to respond to initiatives for measurement and labelling from governments.