The Consumer Goods Forum has declared it plans to phase out HFC refrigerants and replace them with natural refrigerants as of 2015, where these are permitted on country-level regulations.
The Forum consists of 400 global consumer goods manufacturers and retailers including Tesco, Coca-Cola, Kraft, Kellogg and Nestle.
Speaking at the Cancun Climate Summit, Muhtar Kent, Coca-Cola CEO, said” “This is the first time that the entire sector has aligned around the importance of taking action to accelerate the move to climate-friendly refrigeration.
“The technologies exist today for our sector to significantly reduce the direct and indirect emissions of the refrigeration equipment we use.”
At last month’s Montreal Protocol conference in Bangkok the US government targeted HFC reduction as a priority climate change action.
HFC emissions are projected to represent up to 19 per cent of projected greenhouse gas emissions in 2050.