Deforestation accounts for 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Our work is focused on achieving zero net deforestation by 2020 through the responsible sourcing of these key commodities – soy, palm oil, paper and pulp and cattle. Our working groups are producing tools and resources to support implementation across the membership.
Refrigeration is a significant and growing source of greenhouse gases. We have been able to bring our members together to discuss the barriers and solutions to a faster and geographically wider uptake of natural refrigeration systems and help those that haven’t yet explored or invested in natural refrigeration systems to realise the benefits of doing so.
As food waste occurs all along the food chain from farm to fork, we want to play our part to tackle this issue on a systemic basis. Our work includes a resolution to halve food waste and partnerships with organisations like Champions 12.3. We will also continue to share best practices and knowledge on how to measure and reduce food loss and waste.
Plastic is an important and universal material in our economy and certainly in the consumer goods sector. However, there is an urgent need to tackle the environmental problems that today cast a long shadow over the production, use and consumption of plastics. In 2018, our Board issued a statement calling for the consumer goods industry to play a role in eliminating plastic waste on land and sea, and endorsed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy.