HFC Phase-out Pressure

It is becoming increasingly likely that there will be a ban on the use of HFCs. The UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon is urging parties and industries to “seize the opportunity provided by the HCFC phase-out to leapfrog HFCs wherever possible”. In light of the pressure here and the increase in pressure from the European Parliament, it is becoming increasingly likely that a phase out programme will come for HFCs and an eventual outright ban. The US, Canada and Mexico have already jointly submitted a proposal…

Phase Out Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases By 2020

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is calling on the European Union (EU) to phase out fluorinated greenhouse gases by 2020. Revisions to the F-Gas Regulation currently under review could eliminate the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a family of potent greenhouse gases hundreds to thousands of times more powerful than carbon dioxide. HFCs currently comprise approximately 2% of European greenhouse gas emissions but this is rising rapidly.  By 2020, HFCs could make up to 19% of global emissions. Phase-out of F-gases in the EU, based on…

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