The EPA has finalized a rule to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases that are commonly used in air conditioning and refrigeration. The new regulation will move certain HFCs and HFC-containing blends from being listed as acceptable alternatives to unacceptable for specific uses under the EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Plan.
In addition to moving the potentially harmful refrigerants off of the list of acceptable alternatives, the EPA will also approve several new alternatives that are designed to provide good refrigeration performance without harming the ozone layer or the climate. According to EPA estimates, the new rule’s implementation will reduce carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 54-64 million metric tons by 2025, a significant reduction compared to the expected doubling of HFC emissions by 2020.
“This rule will not only reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, but also encourage greater use and development of the next generation of safer HFC alternatives,” says EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
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