EU sees lowest use of HFCs since 2007

The use of the powerful greenhouse gas hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) was the lowest in the EU last year in terms of their global warming effect since 2007. A new report from […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The use of the powerful greenhouse gas hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) was the lowest in the EU last year in terms of their global warming effect since 2007.

A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) reveals consumption of HFCs, most commonly used in fridges and air conditioners, was already 14% below the EU’s obligation for 2019.

That’s under the Montreal Protocol’s Kigali Agreement, which was agreed by more than 150 nations across the globe last year.

HFCs are a set of fluorinated gases (F-gases) with a high global warming potential that is significantly contributing to climate change.

F-gases, mostly HFCs – more than 90% – accounted for around 3% of overall greenhouse gas emissions in the EU in 2015, the first year of declining F-gases emissions in 15 years.

The EEA however expects large reductions in HFC use and emissions as a result of a new phase-down measure.