Corporate Accountability

We must hold major corporate producers and users of climate pollutants accountable for reducing emissions and adopting alternatives. 

Super pollutant greenhouse gasses and toxic chemicals pose a serious threat which cannot be remedied without action from the private sector. We work with industry stakeholders to advocate for climate policies that benefit both businesses and the planet. Through our Climate-Friendly Supermarkets platform we engage with food retailers and equipment manufacturers to shed light on the impact of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) leaking from grocer refrigeration. We utilize the market knowledge of leading manufacturers to encourage corporations to take action on this urgent yet feasible opportunity to dramatically reduce emissions. 

In parallel, our investigative reports place pressure on corporations whose practices or policies are standing in the way of meeting our climate targets for a habitable planet. This work is essential to advocate for ambitious industry action to reduce emissions from the cooling sector.

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Chemical Nightmare – Ending emissions of fluorochemical greenhouse gases

In 2018, scientists revealed alarming, unexpected emissions of CFC-11, a potent ozone-depleting substance (ODS) which had been banned for nearly a decade. EIA investigations traced the source of CFC-11 to illegal production and use in the polyurethane foam sector in China, which had gone undetected for years by the Montreal Protocol’s existing monitoring and compliance […]

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2022 Climate-friendly Supermarket Scorecard

In 2020, EIA released its first report scoring the biggest U.S. supermarket chains on their actions to reduce emissions of climate super pollutant hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Despite some improvement since then, our new 2022 report reveals that US supermarket retailers have made insufficient progress in phasing out HFCs and improving refrigerant management practices. Of the sixteen companies […]

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EIA SCORECARD: U.S. Supermarkets Still Clinging to Climate Super Pollutants

WASHINGTON DC – Today, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) released its second Climate-Friendly Supermarket Scorecard assessing the largest U.S. supermarket chains on actions to reduce hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – potent greenhouse gases used in cooling with climate impacts thousands of times higher than CO2. Overall, despite the widespread availability of climate-friendly technology, of the sixteen companies evaluated, […]

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AS THOUSANDS PETITION KROGER TO TAKE ACTION ON “SUPER POLLUTANT” REFRIGERANTS, 35% OF VOTING SHAREHOLDERS VOICE AGREEMENT

In Less Than 2 Weeks, 12,000+ Customers Sign Letter to Kroger CEO on Eliminating the Use of Hydrofluorocarbons that Fuel the Climate Crisis; Consumer Pressure Will Continue Until Kroger Successfully Addresses HFCs. WASHINGTON DC – JUNE 24, 2022 – Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the United States, is facing growing pressure from customers over […]

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Consumers and Investors Urge Kroger to Act on HFCs

Over 63% of Kroger’s direct climate-damaging emissions are HFCs, highly potent greenhouse gases used in its refrigeration. HFCs have enormous global warming power and are accelerating the climate crisis.  Despite the significant contribution of HFCs on Kroger’s climate impacts, the company has not set a target to end its use of these potent refrigerants. That’s […]

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Kroger’s Failure to Address “Super Pollutant” Gases Triggers Pressure from Consumers, Shareholder Resolution

HFCs Account for 63% of Kroger’s Direct Climate Emissions; Grocery Chain Commits to Alternatives in Only 7 New Locations, But No Plans for Nearly 2,800 Existing Stores.  WASHINGTON DC – JUNE 9, 2022 – Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the United States, is facing new pressure from a coalition of stakeholders after delaying and […]