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GOAL FF18 | Products

Products emit no greenhouse gases

A Future-Fit Business sells no goods or services that emit greenhouse gases as a direct consequence of their use.

What this goal means

There is no longer any doubt that the systematically increasing concentration of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere resulting from combustion and other human-caused processes is contributing to climate change and ocean acidification. Companies should respond accordingly, to ensure that their products cause no GHG emissions when used as intended.

Nature can safely absorb some human-made GHGs every year, but the imperative is for companies to eliminate all product-related GHG emissions. That’s because we are dangerously close to reaching atmospheric GHG levels that will be catastrophic for society, and any attempt to divide up the remaining carbon budget across companies is likely to be too complex, contentious and/or time-consuming to result in the scale and speed of reduction that is now needed.

Products powered by electricity may indirectly cause GHG emissions if the electricity derives from fossil fuels, but the products are not themselves forcing that. The focus here is on products that emit GHGs as a direct consequence of their use.

To be Future-Fit, a company must ensure that none of its products emit greenhouse gases.

Why this goal is needed...

Products whose operation requires combustible fuels contribute significantly to total GHG emissions.

The transport sector produced 7 billion tonnes of CO2e of direct GHG emissions in 2010 – almost a quarter global energy-related emissions.

Even at the end of their useful life some products emit large amounts of GHGs.

More than 7 billion tonnes CO2e of refrigerant gases are contained in equipment that is currently in use, 99% of which will be released during the life cycle of that equipment.

Want to learn more about this goal?

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Version Notes


Products emit no greenhouse gases


Release 2, initial publication.

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