Refrigerants, Naturally! - A partnership of global companies with support of UNEP and Greenpeace

Summary

An alliance of companies – The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, Red Bull and Unilever – that promotes a shift in point-of-sale cooling technology in the food and drink, food service and retail sectors towards alternative refrigeration technology that protects the Earth’s climate and ozone layer. This partnership is supported by both United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Greenpeace. Its objective is to promote a shift in the point-of-sale cooling technology towards alternative refrigeration technology that protects the Earth’s climate and ozone layer. The initiative encourages the development of hydrofluorocarbon-free or ‘HFC’-free technologies for point-of-sale commercial refrigeration and the adoption of alternative “natural refrigerant” technologies, including hydrocarbons (like propane or isobutane) and carbon dioxide.

Refrigerants, Naturally! was launched in 2004 as a voluntary corporate initiative by the Coca Cola Company, Unilever and McDonald´s, and supported by UNEP and Greenpeace.

Refrigerants, Naturally! is 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. US EPA awarded the companies with its Climate Protection Award 2005 in recognition for their leadership in developing innovative ways to combat global warming by promoting the development of environmentally friendly refrigeration technology. In 2011, the partnership received the Roy family award for environmental partnership from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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