The Consumer Goods Forum and EcoAct have today published a report showcasing concrete examples of how the consumer goods sector is implementing low-carbon solutions. By sharing these solutions, the report seeks to share essential knowledge and real-life examples to further their use across the industry and to help reduce the sector’s carbon footprint. The report comes exactly two years after COP 21, and in co-ordination with the One Planet Summit, where French President Emmanuel Macron seeks to drive from commitment to action and bring the Paris Agreement into the real economy.
Consisting of manufacturers, transporters and distributors, the consumer goods sector is one of the largest sectors of economic activity today. Present in our daily lives with household products and food, it represents about 60% of global greenhouse gas emissions across the whole value chain.
For several years now, companies in the sector have tested and deployed solutions related to energy efficiency, renewable energy and technological innovation in order to reduce their environmental footprint. These include:
- Intelligent lighting systems;
- Sustainable refrigeration and air conditioning systems;
- Producing renewable energy on-site;
- Purchasing green electricity (Guarantees of Origin, Renewable Energy Certificates, Power Purchase Agreements);
- Logistics optimisation systems;
- Using alternative fuels and natural refrigerants.
These solutions can effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the sector, therefore, it is necessary to deploy them on a large-scale to generate significant impacts.
Download our report on low-carbon solutions for the consumer goods sector: