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HFC reclaim could save 18 bn tonnes of CO2

A white paper by reclamation specialist EOS Climate has found that if 30% of HFC refrigerants reclaimed for re-use by 2040, approx 18bn tonnes of CO2 would be prevented from reaching the atmosphere over next 25 years

The white paper, produced by EOS Climate, was released during the Navigating the American Carbon World conference, a forum for discussing climate policy and greenhouse gas markets, taking place April 28-30 in Los Angeles, California.

Jeff Cohen, co-founder of EOS Climate and white paper co-author, said: “Even with a global agreement to phase down production of HFCs and regulations that promote low-GWP technology in new equipment, refrigerants already produced will continue to leak powerful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere over the next several decades.”

“Even with a global agreement to phase down production of HFCs and regulations that promote low-global warming potential (GWP) technology in new equipment, refrigerants already produced will continue to leak powerful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere over the next several decades.”

“With relatively small changes in practices and little if any additional cost, HFC refrigerants can be recovered, reclaimed and re-used, potentially avoiding emissions equivalent to billions of tons of CO2 between now and 2040—a critical window to address climate change.”

Joe Madden, co-founder of EOS Climate and white paper co-author, said: “If left unchecked, HFC refrigerants will continue on the path as the world’s fastest growing greenhouse gas.

“The simplest and most cost-effective way to address this problem is through recycling. However, until HFC refrigerants are tracked from production to reuse in the supply chain, and metrics are established that incentivize their re-use, the likelihood of voluntary recycling will remain low. Now is the time to act,” added

For a copy of “Recycling HFC Refrigerants Delivers Immediate, Cost-Effective Climate Protection” visit: www.eosclimate.com/climate-solutions/.

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