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US Govt. and manufacturers continue ambitious HFC reduction plans

The Obama Administration and the US private-sector has announced the further introduction of a series of significant HFC-reduction commitments

The White House has announced a dramatic suite of new private-sector commitments and executive actions that are aimed to reduce the use and emissions of HFCs.

The development follows an announcement back in September 2014 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it would explore options to improve refrigerant management practices in the U.S. while 22 private-sector companies and organizations made commitments in September 2014 that are designed to reduce the equivalent of 700m metric tons of CO2 through 2025.

Furthermore, it’s claimed the private-sector commitments and executive actions announced to-date will slash U.S. reliance on HFCs and reduce cumulative global consumption of these greenhouse gases by the equivalent of more than 1 billion metric tons of CO2 through 2025 - equivalent to taking 210 million passenger vehicles off the road for a year.

The latest development has seen major manufacturers including Chemours, Daikin, Honeywell and Danfoss announce a further series of new commitments to further reduce HFC emisisons (CLICK HERE).

In July, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalised a rule under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program that will prohibit the use of certain HFCs where safer and more climate-friendly alternatives are available.

Simultaneously, the EPA also listed as acceptable additional climate-friendly alternatives in order to expand the options for businesses to use chemicals that are less harmful to the environment.

In this latest announced the EPA has stated its intention to initiate a new rulemaking during the first half of 2016 that would both propose to add to the Significant New Alternatives Program (SNAP) list additional low-GWP alternatives and propose to change the status of higher-GWP substances where safer options are available.

To read the full announcement CLICK HERE

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