In 2010, the CGF made a commitment to tackle the growing climate impact of the refrigeration systems used by its members. Today, CGF members have installed low carbon refrigeration systems in over 4,000 supermarkets, four million ice cream and drinks chiller units worldwide and industrial plants with the majority being natural refrigerants.
The CGF claims that this work has taught the industry valuable lessons about issues such as low carbon technology options, deployment costs, energy demands, performance in hotter climates, and the availability of skilled installers and maintenance engineers.
The information gathered has been captured in the Refrigeration Booklet, which highlights over a dozen real-life examples from the CGF’s retailer and manufacturer members on how they are phasing out HFCs and successfully piloting and implementing natural refrigeration alternatives.
“We remain committed to helping members amplify the impact of their solutions and in bringing the entire industry forward,” said a CGF spokesperson. “With this in mind, the board has called on the CGF’s sustainability team to look forward and discuss how best to drive scale-up beyond 2015, including the possibility of a new resolution.”
The Consumer Goods Forum brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries.