Refrigeration systems are leaking out greenhouse gases called HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) used as refrigerants. HFCs have thousands of times the warming capacity than CO2.
As we do the critical work of cutting CO2 emissions, we must address these extremely potent gases that are spurring the climate crisis.
Our Cool It! campaign urges companies like Walmart to reduce HFCs. A typical supermarket leaks one quarter of its refrigerant every year due to faulty systems. And that really adds up – the Environmental Investigation Agency reports that refrigerant leaks from US supermarkets emit 45 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent every year.
Walmart is one of the world’s largest retailers and supermarkets, but it’s coming up short on refrigerant practices.
After more than 100,000 people signed our petition, Walmart announced a new goal to reach "low impact" refrigerants by 2040. But two decades is too long to wait.
The climate crisis is here and we need Walmart to provide a clear, detailed plan to cut these dangerous emissions on a more aggressive timeline.
Walmart has known about this issue for years and yet, has continued to increase its HFC emissions - these gases make up nearly HALF of Walmart's total direct emissions.
We are urging Walmart to phase out harmful HFCs by 2030, reduce its refrigerant leaks, and commit to responsible disposal.
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