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US and China collaborate to reduce HFCs

US president Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping have formally agreed to work together and with other countries to reduce the consumption and use of HFCs.

The move is seen as a catalyst to encourage nations such as Brazil and India, who have been seen to be holding out against a phase-down, to join the effort to cut HFC use.

It’s estimated that a global phase-down of HFCs could potentially reduce some 90 gigatons of CO2 equivalent by 2050, equal to roughly two years of current global greenhouse gas emissions.

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