My last post in my other blog Fast Food Greenwash was posted last October 7, 2012. I haven’t seemed to access that blog for a quite a while since I haven’t had any work related to the fast food industry or they say “quick-serve restaurant” for quite a while. Thankfully, I only eat fast food during emergency like when stuck in Metro Manila traffic and starving as hell in my 3-hour commute.
2009 was a long time ago when I started blogging about Greenwashing and now that its 2007, things are getting worse and worse. Given the age of climate change mitigation actions, and the complicated rules of calculating GHG emissions, companies are playing around with the carbon footprint and stamping it in their products and marketing materials. Anyway, I will write something about it separately.
In 2016, I had the opportunity to work for a GIZ project on Green Cooling. The programme has been around for quite a while, since the enforcement of the Montreal Protocol on the control of substances that deplete the Ozone Layer more than two decades ago. Honestly, I have to admit, prior to this engagement, I have not connected Ozone Depletion with Climate Change even if I have claimed expertise in environmental management.
ODS have always been treated independently from GHGs. A “True or False” question in my GHG verification course in 2011 even asked if Ozone Depletion causes Climate Change, of course the answer was false. Simply, Ozone Depletion is caused by Ultraviolet Radiation entering the atmosphere while Climate Change is caused by the trapping of heat from Infrared Radiation. Who cares about UV and IR Radiation when all we see is White Light? What is true considering human activities was that prior solutions to ozone depletion have contributed to increased greenhouse gas emissions.
This is a truly complicated concept that has led to well… Greenwashing, particularly in refrigeration and air conditioning. Ok sell us the fridge and A/C, just get that “Eco-Friendly” sticker off.
Honestly, when I buy an A/C, I consider the price. I don’t really look at the nameplate. But if you really want to be “ecofriendly” look at the nameplate. Why? Because that’s where you will find the rated capacity in terms of energy consumption and the refrigerant type. Looking at the nameplate is not equivalent to looking at the bright and colorful stickers manufacturers place that are colorful and bright. Your attention is directed upon their “Greenwashing”.
The fact is, the Montreal Protocol has set the cap for ODS refrigerants and parties are directed to replace it with ODS alternatives….and these ODS alternatives are high GWP GHGs….why did this happen? Because, Ozone Depletion have always been treated independent of Climate Change? except in 2016 when the Kigali Amendments to the Montreal Protocol was agreed upon.
Below are four nameplates of various cooling appliances, can you guess which one is the most eco-friendly?