Refrigeration Resolution

In November 2010, our Board of Directors agreed on a resolution on refrigeration, with the aim of starting to phase out HFC refrigerants as of 2015. It was voted upon by the Board on behalf of our members. In January 2016, our Board confirmed the successful closure of this resolution. In October 2016, a  second resolution was announced to continue this phase out and call for the inclusion of HFCs in the Montreal Protocol. Both resolutions are of voluntary character, but authoritative (non-binding in a legal sense). 

"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 control1 along the food & beverage supply chain:

  • In markets where viable2, to install new equipment that utilise only natural refrigerants or alternative ultra-low3 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."

Defining HFCs

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. HCFCs are ozone depleting and will be phased out under the Montreal Protocol. HFCs are, as greenhouse gases, controlled under the Kyoto Protocol.

Refrigeration Success Stories

Following on from our 2010 Board-approved resolution to begin phasing out HFCs by 2015, our members have been piloting and implementing natural refrigeration systems all   over the world, and with positive results. 


Refrigeration Resolution - The Consumer Goods Forum

1The 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. 
2Legally allowed, commercially viable and technically feasible with safe operation assured
3GWP less than 150, in line with the European Union’s “F-Gas Regulation” (EU No 517/2014) on fluorinated gases.

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