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Push by companies to limit gas emitted by air conditioners & refrigerators
Author: Amy Harder & Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal (USA), Published on: 17 October 2016
"Companies Readying for New Limits to Emissions From Air Conditioners, Refrigerators", 15 October 2016
An international agreement struck on Saturday in Rwanda would limit the use of greenhouse gases emitted by air conditioners and refrigerators, a move for which some U.S. companies had already been preparing. Nearly 200 countries, including the U.S., China and India, agreed to the deal, which would require the nations to phase out pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, starting in 2019, with the goal of an 80% reduction globally by 2047…The HFC agreement…comes in the form of an amendment to the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty undertaken nearly 30 years ago to protect the Earth’s ozone layer. Unlike the Paris deal, this weekend’s agreement carries legal force to cut emissions…Chemours Co…was introducing a new line of gases to help replace HFCs for certain industrial-scale refrigeration and air-cooling systems. Johnson Controls Inc. recently introduced two new building-cooling systems that use an alternative to HFCs…Fomo Products… intended to use more hydrofluoroolefin, which is considered a less potent greenhouse gas...