The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has published an updated Refrigeration Booklet, featuring more real-life examples of how CGF members are overcoming technical and geographical challenges to phase out harmful HFCs. When implemented at scale, a HFC phase-down will have huge impact, offering one of the most cost-effective climate mitigation strategies available in the world today.
Back in 2010, the CGF’s members made a commitment to tackle the growing impact of synthetic refrigeration systems and, in a move to sustain momentum, the CGF’s Board announced a second Refrigeration Resolution in 2016 to continue the phase out of HFCs and call for their inclusion in the Montreal Protocol. This proposed amendment was included in 2016: a huge step towards the global phase-out of harmful HFCs.
The first booklet came on the heels of the second Resolution, showcasing concrete actions taken by companies to fulfil their commitment and serves as inspiration and guidance to others tackling the issue of refrigeration.
“It is certain that the process of phasing out harmful chemical refrigerants will unfold over a number of years. Huge volumes of CFCs and HFCs remain in circulation retaining the potential for global warming. Natural substitutes are already on the market and have been tested among others by our members demonstrating both environmental and economic positive effects. The addition of these new case studies to our Refrigeration booklet demonstrate that our members remain committed to this important CGF initiative.”
Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are 1,400 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, and represent 1.5% of total warming potential today, and they are expected to increase to 6-9% of total GHG by 2050 unless action is taken. Given the magnitude of the issue, collaboration is key and the sharing of best practices through the case study booklet is a positive way to do so. This booklet is an ever-expanding document, and we welcome new additions from members at any time.
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