As the voice for the environment within the United Nations system, UN Environment acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. Part of this work is to encourage new partnerships and mind-sets within the private sector to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and technology for sustainable development. The Refrigerants, Naturally! initiative is an example of a bold new mind-set to achieve environmental benefits through voluntary corporate action and information exchange.
We at UNEP, through our Paris-based Division of Technology, Industry and Economics OzonAction Programme, have been associated with Refrigerants, Naturally! from the very start. In 2000, UNEP and US EPA were instrumental in organising the Alternative Refrigerants Forum in Illinois to promote the adoption of non-CFC and non-HFC refrigerants by multinational corporations, including McDonald`s, The Coca Cola Company and their competitors. The collaboration resulting from that forum became an ongoing dialogue between UNEP, Greenpeace, McDonald`s, The Coca Cola Company and Unilever that later gelled into the Refrigerants, Naturally! partnership, first manifesting itself publicly in the 2004 conference in Brussels. Since that time, Refrigerants, Naturally! has been officially recognised as a Partnership for Sustainable Development by the UN Commission on Sustainable Development as a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative that contributes to the implementation of Agenda 21, Rio+5 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.
UNEP supports Refrigerants, Naturally! for the following reasons:
The members of Refrigerants, Naturally! are taking an important step in addressing environmental issues with coherence. The future of sustainable refrigeration lies in this type of forward-looking technology innovation.
For more information:
James S. Curlin
UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics
15 rue de Milan
75441 Paris Cedex 09
phone: +33 1 44 37 14 55
fax: +33 1 44 37 14 74