Business leader calls on governments to phase-out HFC refrigerants
Transformational change to curb climate change needs both the global business community to make commitments, but also legislation to set clear targets, said Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, in his keynote speech at the „Abu Dhabi Ascent“.
As an example, Polman explained that Refrigerants, Naturally! member companies have bought over 3 million HFC-free refrigeration units using natural refrigerants, and that the 400 members of the Consumer Goods Forum have committed to beginning an HFC phase-out by next year. This year, as governments have the chance to commit to an HFC phase-out under the Montreal Protocol, Polman urged countries to seize this opportunity. „Without the right policy frameworks and political signals, even the most determined business action will not reach the necessary scale“, he said.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had invited world leaders to the Abu Dhabi Ascent, which took place from 4 to 5 May. Over 1,000 participants, among them 100 government ministers, gathered to prepare for the Climate Summit that will be hosted by the Secretary-General on 23 September 2014.