Greenpeace released the following statement prior to the EPA’s awarding of the Climate Protection Award to Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Unilever. The companies are being recognized for their leadership in developing technologies that reduce the global warming impact and energy usage of commercial refrigeration equipment. Current refrigeration units rely on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), an emerging global warming threat. Scientists predict that by 2050, the global warming impacts of HFC pollution could be equivalent to all the passenger cars in the world today. As reported in the Wall Street Journal on May 4, 2005, Greenpeace played a critical role in forcing these companies to develop non-HFC refrigeration technology.
"While the Bush administration and Congress take their cues on
global warming from ExxonMobil, Southern Company and the auto
industry, it's good to see Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Unilever
stepping up with solutions. We look forward to continued work with
these companies to reduce global warming emissions.
"Today's EPA Climate Protection Award is an important
acknowledgement of the progress these companies have made to date
in developing more climate friendly refrigeration. Now, however, is
the true test of Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Unilever's commitment to
confronting this issue; we urge them to implement this technology
in North America, where its use is most important, as quickly as
"We also call upon the Bush administration to support climate
friendly refrigeration as part of broader strategy to combat global
"As always, Greenpeace approaches our relationships with these
corporations very deliberately and seriously. While we are proud of
our continuing work with Coca-Cola, McDonald's, and Unilever on
green refrigeration technology, it is obviously not a Greenpeace
stamp of approval on the overall environmental and social
footprints of these companies."
Other contacts: Clark Stevens, Media Officer (202) 319-2429
Kert Davies, Research Director (202) 319-2455.
Exp. contact date: 2005-06-04 00:00:00