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Join the Climate Friendly Cooling Campaign

Are you ready to take action to avoid obsolete hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants that damage the earth’s climate and are being phased down globally? Join other climate leaders!

The Sustainable Leadership Purchasing Council (SPLC) and the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development are pleased to announce the launch of the Climate Friendly Cooling Campaign.  

The Climate Friendly Cooling Campaign empowers people, businesses, and organizations to purchase energy-efficient products that do not contain high global warming potential (GWP) HFC chemicals; and minimize HFC emissions during maintenance, servicing, and product end-of-life.

The campaign is accompanied by the new release of two key resources:

  1. Procurement Recommendations for Climate Friendly Refrigerants– this guidance provides organizations wanting to go green with the blueprint to shape organizational policy and purchasing practices to complete a transition away from HFCs while reducing energy expenditure; and
  2. ClimateFriendlyCooling.com– a listing of thousands of the latest energy-efficient appliances that use climate-friendly refrigerants, making it easy to find climate-friendly choices. Current product lists include residential refrigerators and freezers, commercial stand-alone refrigerators and freezers, vending machines, water coolers, lab-grade refrigerators and freezers, window and room air conditioners, and heat pumps, ice makers, vehicle air conditioning systems, and more.

While targeted initially at North American Markets, the campaign can be expanded and adapted to local circumstances including the availability of next-generation technology, and can be a part of bulk procurement and buyers programs that can dramatically lower the cost of new technology and reduce environmental dumping.

HFCs are powerful greenhouse gases, with up to thousands of times the warming impact of CO2. For this reason, they are being phased down under the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and regulated or banned in many regions. Fortunately, energy-efficient options using more climate-friendly refrigerants are available.

IGSD and SPLC invite businesses, organizations, government agencies, and others who purchase, own, operate, and/or maintain cooling products and equipmentlike refrigerators, freezers, ice makers, air conditioners, refrigerated display cases, vending machines, office water coolers- to join us by taking the climate friendly cooling campaign pledge to prioritize energy-efficient products with climate-friendly refrigerants in purchasing decisions.

The breadth of products available at ClimateFriendlyCooling.com proves HFC alternatives are widely accepted and used by industry, and that energy-efficient, climate-friendly alternatives are available to consumers and offer energy savings and lower ownership costs while helping protect the planet.  Additional products and product categories will be added as new products come to market. IGSD and SPLC welcome partners to submit additional cooling devices available around the world.

Like-minded suppliers, non-governmental organizations, service providers, and others supportive of the Climate Friendly Cooling Campaign’s objectives are encouraged to use ClimateFriendlyCooling.com and help get the word out. Contact us to learn more or discuss partnership opportunities. There is no cost to participate or use the Climate Friendly Cooling Campaign resources.

For a copy of ‘Procurement Recommendations for Climate Friendly Refrigerants’ or information on joining the Climate Friendly Cooling Campaign, please visit climatefriendlycooling.com and contact:

Kristen Taddonio, Senior Climate & Energy Advisor, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, ktaddonio@igsd.org

Johanna Anderson, Director of Learning & Member Engagement, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, johanna@sustainablepurchasing.org

About the organizers:

  • The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and recognize purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future. Founded in 2013, SPLC convenes buyers, suppliers, and public interest advocates to develop programs that simplify and standardize sustainable purchasing efforts by large organizations. For SPLC, sustainability includes social, economic, and environmental stewardship. Sustainable purchasing is purchasing that builds healthy communities, economies, and environments all along local and global supply chains. The SPLC has attracted, from a wide variety of sectors and regions, more than 165 members with over $300 billion in collective purchasing power.
  • The Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD) works to promote just and sustainable societies. Our goal is to accelerate and scale up fast mitigation actions to slow self-reinforcing climate feedbacks and limit global temperature to 1.5°C, including by reducing short-lived climate pollutants, which can avoid twice the warming that aggressive cuts to CO2 can by mid-century, recognizing that time is short for success.