In 2011, ENRP awarded the Roy Family Award to Refrigerants, Naturally!, a unique global initiative of companies committed to combating climate change and ozone layer depletion by substituting harmful fluorinated gases ("F-gases", such as CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs) with natural refrigerants.
Since Refrigerants, Naturally! received the Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership in 2011, the partners have continued their efforts to provide HFC-free cooling equipment in Europe, the US, and around the world. Unilever, for example, has rolled out more than one million HFC-free ice cream cabinets. Coca Cola remains committed to their goal of going HFC-free in all new equipment by 2015 and at the London Olympics already every single one of Coca Cola’s 3,130 vending and cooling units are HFC-free, most of them using CO2 technology.
In February 2012, the US Environmental Protection Agency finally included hydrocarbon refrigerants such as propane and isobutane in their list of substitutes for ozone-depleting substances in household refrigerators and freezers – a decision Refrigerants, Naturally! had long been hoping and advocating for. Hydrocarbon refrigerants have zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and very low global warming potential (GWP) compared to other refrigerants.
Partner companies are Unilever, McDonald’s, The Coca Cola Company, Pepsico, and Red Bull, which joined in 2011. UNEP and Greenpeace are supporting partners. Several companies have expressed interest in committing to an HFC-free future and participating in the partnership. The members are optimistic that their number will continue to grow.
In November 2010, the Board of the Consumer Goods Forum has agreed on a resolution and action plan to mobilize resources within their respective businesses to begin phasing out HFC refrigerants by 2015, and replace them with non-HFC refrigerants (natural refrigerant alternatives) where these are legally allowed and available for new purchases of point-of-sale units and large refrigeration installations. Since then, the CGF Member companies have made steady progress. To help deliver continued momentum in fulfilment of the Board Refrigeration resolution, the 2nd CGF Sustainable Refrigeration Summit was held in Atlanta on September 28th 2011. At the Summit were 110 attendees, representing equipment suppliers, retailers, other CPG companies, customers, and NGO partners. A total of 45 companies representing geographical diversity (Asia, North America, Europe, and Latin America) were in attendance. At this summit, they identified common challenges to implementing this commitment and discussed ways to overcome these challenges.
Individuals in photo from left to right: Else Krueck (Director Environment & CSR, McDonald's Europe), Bernard Morauw (Senior Director of Worldwide Equipment, McDonald’s), Emad Jafa (Pepsico), Bob Langert (Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility, McDonald’s), Professor Henry Lee (HKS), Antoine Azar (Global Program Manager, The Coca Cola Company), Amy Larkin (Director, Greenpeace Solutions), Rajendra Shende (Head of OzonAction, United Nations Environment Programme), David Lustig (Vice President for Global External Affairs, Unilever), Bryan Jacob (Director of Energy Management & Climate Protection, The Coca Cola Company), Jeff Seabright (Vice President for Environment and Water Resources, The Coca-Cola Company), Ellen Roy Hertzfelder (Representative of the Roy family)
Individuals in photo from left to right: Professor Henry Lee (HKS), Amy Larkin (Director, Greenpeace Solutions), David Lustig (Vice President for External Affairs, Unilever), Jeff Seabright (The Coca-Cola Company), Rajendra Shende (United Nations Environment Programme), Ellen Roy Hertzfelder (Representative of the Roy family)