If you are looking for EIA UK, it's overhere.

New EIA Report Reveals Multinational Fast Food Chains Ignoring Easy Mitigation Opportunity in India

WASHINGTON, DCA new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) reveals that merely a few multinational fast food and beverage companies in India could avoid up to 38 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent, the same as taking 8.5 million cars off the road for a year, by not using HFCs for cooling. Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are potent greenhouse gases used widely in refrigeration and air-conditioning, despite the availability of alternative climate-friendly refrigerants. Last year, every country in the world committed to phase-down HFCs under the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

“Under the Kigali Amendment, India will be one of the last countries to begin control measures on HFCs, making earlier action by multinationals imperative to encourage innovation and keep pace with the global market,” said Avipsa Mahapatra, EIA Climate Campaign Lead. “This report shows that while switching to energy-efficient HFC-free alternatives could save them up to 300 million US dollars through 2030, big multinationals continue to use outdated cooling technology that adds to Indian emissions burden. These companies, therefore, have no excuse to continue business-as-usual since such a switch is not only environmentally responsible and technically feasible, but also economically viable,” added Avipsa.

Transitioning HFCs in India studied some of the fastest growing multinational fast food chains in India including McDonald’s, Subway, Starbucks, Café Coffee Day and Domino’s for the second year in a row, and found that:

· The direct emission benefits alone of transitioning to HFC-free systems by the evaluated companies by 2030, would be the equivalent of taking 1.5 million cars off the road for one year.

· Energy efficiency gains by transitioning to HFC-free systems would result in additional avoided indirect emissions equivalent to taking 3-7 million cars off the road for one year.

· Having installed 73,000 HFC-free standalone freezer cabinets throughout the country as of August this year, Hindustan Unilever stands out among the evaluated companies, avoiding up to 125,000 MTCO2e in direct emissions compared to HFC standalone retail units and reaping energy savings of about 9%.

"Even after the adoption of the Kigali amendment to phase-down HFCs, multinational companies continue to practice double standards in developing countries like India. While they have made significant voluntary commitments to move to green refrigeration and cooling systems in their parent market, they refuse to do so in India. The government should think about imposing strict standards on them", said Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, India. The report urges multinational fast food chains and beverage retailers to commit to moving away from HFC-based refrigeration and to this end calls on the Government of India to mandate large multinationals to only install new equipment utilizing low global warming potential refrigerants.

###

Interviews are available on request; please contact Avipsa Mahapatra via amahapatra@eia-global.org or +1 347-931-0129 or Chandra Bhushan via chandra@cseindia.org.

Read and download “Transitioning HFCs in India: Why Multinationals Must Support India's Kigali Amendment Goals” at https://eia-global.org/reports/transitioning-hfcs-in-india-why-multinationals-must-support-indias-kigali-amendment-goals

View all Press Releases

Recent Blog Posts

Can I be HFC-free? A Quest for Climate-friendly Cooling
08/10/2020
Supermarkets in particular have enormous refrigeration systems that extend past the display cases to back room chillers, refrigerated trucks, cold warehouses and so on. With such large systems, supermarkets are among the largest corporate offenders of HFC use, with thousands of tons of these chemicals throughout their cold chain. Yet out of nearly 40,000 supermarkets in the U.S., barely 1% are known to have transitioned to HFC-free systems; our Supermarket Scorecard shows that action and change throughout the industry is needed. These large companies have a greater climate footprint than you or me, and thus a greater responsibility to transition to climate-friendly alternatives.
Finding the Promise in Compromise: EIA Proposal to Jumpstart California HFC Reclaim
07/27/2020
Last week EIA participated in California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) 6th workshop on proposed regulations to reduce emissions of super pollutant hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in cooling. The state’s rigorous process for proposing new regulations on HFC refrigerants has been ongoing for several years now and is in the final stretch. Opportunities for stakeholder engagement have been abundant and ARB has invited input from industry along the way. They even aligned with an industry proposed 2023 deadline for transitioning new air conditioning equipment to refrigerants with a global warming potential (GWP) less than 750.

Recent Reports

The Risk of Ozone-Depletion Persists - Comments to EPA
10/15/2020
EIA submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the draft risk assessments of methylene chloride, carbon tetrachloride, and other priority chemicals undergoing risk evaluations under the Amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
EIA Briefing on the IEC Standards Proposal for Air Conditioning
10/08/2020
With global stock of household air conditioners (ACs) expected to triple by 2050, continued use of HFCs in ACs is fueling the climate crisis.

Recent Press Releases

100,000+ Consumers Say Walmart Should Not Put Off Curbing Climate-Harming Refrigerants for 20 Years
09/21/2020
New Announcement Waiting Until 2040 to Phase Out HFCs Leaves Walmart Way Behind Competitors – Including Aldi, Target, and Whole Foods – Who Already Have Taken Action
Unlocking Kigali Amendment Climate Benefits
08/17/2020
A new safety standard proposed by an International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) working group is vital to maximizing emission reductions from a global phase-down of super pollutant hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)
What are the HFC-free Technologies?
Widespread adoption of HFC-free technologies is cost-effective, energy efficient, and climate-friendly. Read EIA’s report Putting the Freeze on HFCs for hundreds of examples of HFC-free technologies available and in use today.
A Global HFC Phase-down
The October 2016 Montreal Protocol meeting in Kigali, Rwanda yielded a global agreement to phase down HFCs. Now countries must ratify and implement the Kigali Amendment! Read and share EIA's briefing on this great opportunity and obligation to avert climate catastrophe.
Help us mitigate climate destroying gases
Where are HFCs used?
What are HFCs?
How to Recycle Your Fridge