A coalition of major companies that comprise the supply chain worldwide have organized the Global Food Cold Chain Council (GFCCC). This initiative seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emission in processing, transportation, storage, and retail display of cold food and to stimulate demand for climate-friendly technology. The announcement was made by the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, with the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and other private sector partners at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Summit held in New York City. This private sector initiative will promote efforts that stimulate demand for climate-friendly technologies while reducing refrigerant emissions, minimizing food spoilage and enhancing energy efficiency in the food cold chain. The initiative will also work with partners in the CCAC (Climate and Clean Air Coalition) to develop and implement broad-based public and private sector collaborative solutions to reduce HFC emissions across developed and developing nations. The council will work with individual businesses, associations, governments, and civil society. “The food cold chain is responsible for nearly one-third of global HFC emissions,” said Kevin Fay, GFCCC executive director. “The GFCCC is part of the alliance’s comprehensive approach to achieving the global reduction of high-GWP HFCs.” The alliance pledged to take actions and support policies to reduce global HFC emissions by 80% by 2050. Industry leaders advocated the North American-proposed amendment to the Montreal Protocol as the best means of achieving a global phasedown of HFCs while increasing research and development of the next generation of refrigerants. (Source: http://refrigeratedtransporter.com)
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