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 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 […]

EU limits quotas for powerful greenhouse gas

The European Commission has allocated reduced quotas for the import and production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). HFCs can be found in refrigeration, air conditioning, foams and aerosols and are said to be thousands of times more powerful than carbon dioxide warming the planet. The Commission has limited the sale of the greenhouse gas for 2018 – […]

EU reaches deal to cap ‘super’ greenhouse gases

The European Union has reached a tentative deal to partially ban the use of a group of “super” greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning. Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) will be capped in 2015 and gradually phased down, with a target to achieve a 79% reduction by 2030. HFCs are considered to be much more powerful […]

MEPs back “sweeping” ban on F-gases in chillers and aircon

MEPs on the European Parliament’s Environment Committee yesterday backed a “sweeping” ban on a type of gas used in fridges and air-conditioning. The draft legislation outlawing “climate-unfriendly” fluorinated gases in new appliances by 2020 was adopted by 48 votes to 19, with one abstention. Overall use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) greenhouse gases should be slashed 84% […]

EU begged to phase out F-gas emissions

The EU is being called on to phase out a certain type of gases used in fridges, insulation and air conditioning to combat climate change. A coalition of environmental organisations wrote to the EU’s climate Commissioner, Connie Hedegaard to demand the phasing out of fluorinated gases known as F-gases. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Greenpeace, […]