Nations sign landmark deal to cut super greenhouse gas

A global deal signed in Rwanda to limit hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) could be the single most effective agreement yet to reduce global warming. More than 150 nations reached an agreement for the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Saturday, deciding to phase out the harmful greenhouse gas in a staggered process, depending on how soon various […]

US to cut climate-damaging HFCs

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalising a rule to ban certain chemicals which contribute to climate change. They want to encourage more climate-friendly alternatives and reduce emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). HFCs are a class of potent greenhouse gases used in air-conditioning, refrigeration and other equipment. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said: “It is in line […]

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% […]

Tesco fails climate-friendly refrigeration target

Giant retailer Tesco has failed to meet its target of using climate-friendly technology in its stores, a new report suggests. The ‘Chilling Facts’ report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) shows although supermarket chains across the UK and Europe have moved away from using refrigeration systems that use hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) or ‘super greenhouse gases’, Tesco […]