OzonAction Webinar on "Refrigerants, Naturally! - Cool partnership"
In a webinar on 14 April, Refrigerants, Naturally! members shared insights on the partnership’s experience to date in applying natural refrigeration technologies. The webinar was hosted by UNEP's OzonAction programme.
Refrigerants, Naturally! members and Greenpeace urge all parties of the UNFCCC at COP 19 in Warsaw to declare their support of an HFC phase-down under the Montreal Protocol.
An international agreement to use the expertise and the institutions of the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs would be an important step towards a phase-down and eventual phase-out of these substances.
Refrigerants, Naturally! members and Greenpeace urge all parties of the UNFCCC to declare their support of formal negotiations of HFC phase-down under the Montreal Protocol.
Refrigerants, Naturally! welcomes the G-20 commitment to phase down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol
Natural refrigerant based technologies have been commercially available for many years now and will continue to penetrate the market.
To multiply these experiences and further accelerate their market uptake globally, strong commitment from political decision makers is needed.
Therefore, the Refrigerants, Naturally! member companies highly appreciate the G-20 commitment to seek an international agreement that will introduce an HFC phase down under the Montreal Protocol. We believe this is an effective way to control these emissions.
For the first time in human history, CO2 levels in the atmosphere have reached the 400 parts per million threshold. Refrigerants, Naturally! firmly believes that current emissions of greenhouse gases, including HFCs, must be rapidly reduced to avert further climate change.
Refrigerants, Naturally! calls for an immediate HFC phase-down under the Montreal Protocol
Facts and figures
We are a global initiative of companies committed to combat climate change and depletion of the ozone layer by replacing environmentally harmful fluorinated gases (‛F-gases’ such as CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs) with natural refrigerants.
Membership in the initiative includes PepsiCo, Red Bull, The Coca-Cola Company and Unilever. The initiative is supported by Greenpeace and by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The key goal of the initiative is to promote a shift in point-of-sale cooling technologies (beverage coolers/vendors and ice-cream freezers) towards natural refrigerants. This sector represents a significant portion of F-gas refrigerant use.
Globally, The Coca-Cola Company has placed 800.000 units using natural refrigerants and is committed to buy only HFC-free equipment from 2015. Unilever has placed over 1 million units – reaching into every country that they operate in. With 313.000 units of its efficient ECO cooler, more than one third of Red Bull units worldwide use natural refrigerants. PepsiCo has now reached over 200.000 HFC-free units.
Please browse the following pages to learn more about the initiative.