Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced new initiatives to curb hydrofluorocarbon (HFCs) emissions
in refrigeration and air conditioning applications.
HFCs are extremely potent greenhouse gases that contribute far more
to climate warming than the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide.
"If we don't act now, U.
HFC emissions will double by 2020 and triple
by 2030," the EPA said.
To help companies make a smooth transition from HFCs to climate-friendly alternatives, the agency will list additional fluorinated and non-fluorinated chemicals as acceptable alternatives for different industries, identify refrigerant management options to reduce HFC emissions from air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, and organize a series of industry-specific workshops