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US climate body launches low-GWP case studies for developing countries

Hillary Clinton’s Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) offers range of natural refrigerant and HFO-based best practice, as part of United Nations Environment Programme

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) says it is a ‘unique global effort’ supporting fast actions to mitigate the impacts of short lived climate pollutants, such as black carbon, methane and many hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and addressing near-term climate change and air pollution at the same time. Part of the United Nations Environment Programme, the CCAC is a voluntary partnership bringing together over 36 country and Regional Economic Integration Organisation (REIO) partners and 44 non-state partners including intergovernmental organisations, representatives of civil society and the private sector.

The CCAC has launched an initiative (entitled ‘The HFC Initiative, Promoting HFC Alternative Technology and Standards’) for rapid implementation aimed at promoting HFC alternative technologies and standards to significantly reduce the projected growth in the use and emissions of high-GWP HFCs in coming decades relative to business-as-usual scenarios.

The Coalition says the objectives of the initiative are to mobilise efforts of the private sector, civil society, international organisations, and governments to:

• Promote the development, commercialisation, and adoption of climate-friendly alternatives to high-GWP HFCs;

• Encourage the uptake of climate-friendly alternatives that could support national, regional and global policies or approaches to reduce reliance on high-GWP HFCs;

• Overcome barriers that limit the widespread introduction of these climate friendly technologies, including those related to the establishment of standards; and

 • Encourage the responsible management of existing equipment and better designs for future equipment in order to minimise leaks.

The HFC Initiative will help achieve these objectives by improving global understanding of current and projected future use of HFCs, by sharing lessons on the design and implementation of policies to reduce their emissions and use, by addressing barriers including reforming standards and by validating climate-friendly technologies in key areas of HFC use or projected growth.

As countries phase out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, they often need to make choices between high-GWP HFC alternatives and, when available, more climate-friendly alternatives.

The booklet contains best practice examples from installations ranging from Brazil to Bromley in Kent with technologies from CO2 to HFOs. See full guide right.

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