With the aim of keeping global warming to below an average of 2°C per year, the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has formulated a new resolution on refrigeration, urging all traders of consumer goods to phase out systems still using hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
The new resolution focuses on the wider installation of HFC-free refrigeration equipment by supermarkets and the reduction of the environmental impact of the older refrigeration systems. It joins further 'CGF Sustainability Pillar' resolutions on deforestation and food waste.
"Once again CGF members are showing global and environmental leadership, and this latest move will play important role in achieving wider sustainability standards in the industry. As we move away from HFC gases and towards cleaner business practices, it’s crucial that the consumer goods industry continues to lead the way and stay ahead of the curve," said Mike Coupe, CEO of Sainsbury’s.
The CGF has trialled new approaches to refrigeration since 2010. So far, CFG members have installed low-carbon refrigeration systems in over 4,000 supermarkets, industrial plants and four million ice cream- and drinks chiller-units worldwide.
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