Carrefour signs 2018 business climate pledge

Multinational supermarket giant Carrefour has joined over 90 other French companies in signing the 2018 French Business Climate Pledge.

By Andrew Williams

In a demonstration of its continued commitment to natural refrigerants, multinational supermarket giant Carrefour has joined over 90 other French companies in signing the 2018 French Business Climate Pledge, which sees them reaffirm their climate change efforts for the next three years.

In total, signatories of the pledge represent six million jobs and some €1,500 billion of turnover or net banking income. The signatories have committed over €320 billion for the period 2016–2020.

To reduce refrigerant emissions, Carrefour is phasing out HFCs and replacing them with CO2 for commercial refrigeration.

Overall the Carrefour Group is aiming to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2025 and by 70% by 2050 (compared to 2010 levels). There are around 12,300 stores under the Group banner in 35 countries and five continents.

Carrefour is taking action at two levels: the primary direct sources of CO2 emissions (energy consumption and use of refrigerants), and indirect sources — the carbon footprints of the goods that it sells and their transportation in particular.

Carrefour has invested around €150 million in phasing down HFCs and replacing them with CO2 systems since 2015.

Originally published Dec 14, 2017:

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