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Federal Court Tosses Obama-Era Ruling on Hydrofluorocarbons Used in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Federal Court Tosses Obama-Era Ruling on Hydrofluorocarbons Used in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

A federal court handed climate change advocates a narrow loss on Tuesday when it tossed an Obama-era ruling to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in refrigeration and air conditioning.

Paris

COP21 Roundup: Schneider Electric, Acciona, BMW, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Elon Musk

As the COP21 climate change conference in Paris enters its second and final week, businesses and government leaders are increasing their calls for a climate deal and initiating new programs to limit global warming. Here are some of the recent announcements: The Compact of States and Regions, a reporting mechanism … Read more »

supermarket refrigeration

EPA Rules Target Refrigerants’ Emissions

The EPA yesterday announced several new actions that aim to curb emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning. The agency proposed a rule that would improve the way refrigerant is sold, handled, recovered and recycled. The proposal would strengthen the existing requirements for handling … Read more »

BASF’s Marine Flotation System Has Zero Ozone Depletion, Ultra-Low Global Warming Potential

BASF’s Marine Flotation System Has Zero Ozone Depletion, Ultra-Low Global Warming Potential

BASF’s two new Autofroth Marine polyurethane systems’ foam performance keep boats afloat and have a low environmental impact with zero ozone depletion potential and ultra-low global warming potential of 1, which is 1,400 less than current hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) 134a based systems. The two new systems are: Autofroth Marine 88-B-1502 Resin/ … Read more »

supermarket refrigeration

Supermarkets Failing to Phase Out HFCs, Report Says

US retailers such as Walmart, Publix and Safeway are doing little to meet public commitments to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), according to an Environmental Investigation Agency report. HFCs are some of the most potent greenhouse gases, used most commonly in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Beyond the Dirty Dozen, a … Read more »

Recycling HFCs ‘Can Eliminate Billions of Tons of GHGs’

If 30 percent of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) refrigerants are reclaimed for re-use by 2040, approximately 18 billion metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent would be prevented from reaching the atmosphere over the next 25 years, according to a white paper released by EOS Climate. HFCs are powerful greenhouse gases when released to … Read more »

M&S Not Acting Fast Enough to Phase Out HFCs, Report Says

M&S Not Acting Fast Enough to Phase Out HFCs, Report Says

Marks & Spencer isn’t acting fast enough to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) — a major source of GHG emissions — from its refrigerators and install fitted doors on them, according to a report from the Environmental Investigation Agency. The London-based group, in its annual Chilling Facts report, labels other UK … Read more »

Climate Action Brings Economic Gains

Government policies and technological progress in the US are creating opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while delivering net economic benefits, according to analysis by World Resources Institute. Emerging technologies could help the US achieve deeper reductions even faster with targeted policy support, according to Seeing Is Believing: Creating a … Read more »

industrial plant emissions

Coal Use Drives US Industrial Emissions Up 0.6%

Emissions from large industrial facilities were 20 million metric tons higher in 2013 than the prior year, or 0.6 percent, driven largely by an increase in coal use for power generation, according to the EPA’s fourth year of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data. The Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program is the … Read more »

PepsiCo

PepsiCo to Phase Out HFC Equipment by 2020

PepsiCo has set a goal that by 2020 all of its future point-of-sale equipment (coolers, vending machines and fountain dispensers) purchased in the US will be hydroflourocarbon-free. The company has also signed both the Ceres BICEP Climate Declaration and the Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group Trillion Tonne Communique. HFCs, … Read more »

Companies to Phase Down Potent Greenhouse Gases

Coca-Cola, Target, DuPont, Honeywell and other major companies along with the White House have announced a series of commitments to curb emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning. The companies say they will begin a rapid phase down of R-134a and similar chemicals. The … Read more »

Unilever

Unilever Develops Climate-Friendly Freezer

Unilever scientists have developed emissions-reducing point-of-sale freezer technology to replace current models that already deliver energy reductions of up to 50 percent. The next-generation ice cream freezer cabinets are capable of a 70 percent energy reduction, using a 2008 baseline. Once rolled out the new model has the potential to … Read more »