New York State moves towards phasing out hydrofluorocarbons

Hydrofluorocarbons are environmentally-harmful chemicals found in aerosols, fridges and air conditioners

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The Governor of New York State has directed its Department of Environmental Conservation to phase out the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo aims to reduce the environmental damage done by the potent greenhouse gas pollutants.

The regulations would prohibit the use of such substances in new consumer products and equipment including aerosol propellants, food refrigeration equipment, air-conditioning equipment in homes and vehicles and foam-blowing agents.

The phase out, which would be implemented from 2020 to 2024, is expected to reduce HFC emissions by more than 20% of projected levels by 2030.

Governor Cuomo said: “While the Trump Administration denies climate change and rolls back efforts to protect our planet, New York is picking up the mantle of climate leadership and forging a path forward.

“We are taking action to begin the phase out of the use of HFCs and I encourage other states to join with New York and California to combat dangerous HFCs.”

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