New York State moves towards phasing out hydrofluorocarbons

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

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 […]

Nations commit $540m to phase out super greenhouse gas

Developed countries have committed to providing $540 million (£400m) to help phase out a super greenhouse gas. The funds will be used for activities aimed at getting rid of climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in developing countries. They will be provided between 2018 and 2020 through the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol. The […]

UK ratifies super greenhouse gas reduction pact

The UK has become one of the first countries to ratify a landmark agreement to limit the emissions of a super greenhouse gas. The Kigali amendment to the UN Montreal Protocol, agreed by more than 150 nations in October last year, commits them to reducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 85% between 2019 and 2036. The harmful […]

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 – […]

Cooling off on emissions ‘to cut temperature by 1°C’

Cutting 87% of the climate change pollutants found in air-conditioners could eliminate 89.7 billion tonnes of emissions by 2050. That’s according to new research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, which suggests improving the efficiency of refrigeration units and phasing out fluorinated gases used for cooling could reduce global warming by as much […]

Marshall Islands first nation to ratify greenhouse gas pact

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has become the first country to ratify a global agreement to slash the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The parliament approved the Kigali Amendment, which paves the way for the production and use of toxic HFCs – used in refrigerants and air conditioning – to be reduced by more than […]

Global leaders call to reduce ozone-damaging greenhouse gas

Leaders from more than 100 countries have called to quickly phase out the use of a chemical contributing to global warming. Last week the US gathered the nations to boost support for the amendment to reduce the use of the ozone-damaging greenhouse gas hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the Montreal Protocol. The group includes the US, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, […]

PepsiCo to can equipment with HFC greenhouse gases

Soft drinks giant PepsiCo announced plans to phase out equipment in the US which contains greenhouse gases harmful to the atmosphere by 2020. Yesterday it revealed the aim to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) from “point-of-sale” equipment such as coolers, vending machines and fountain dispensers purchased in the United States. Starting from 2015 the firm won’t buy any […]

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 […]