New York Leads Again on Climate with Curbs on Harmful HFCs

WASHINGTON – New York state officials today announced plans to phase out the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, in the state. HFCs are a group of strong greenhouse gas pollutants used often in cooling systems.

The following is a statement from David Doniger, senior strategic director in the Climate & Clean Energy program at the Natural Resources Defense Council:   

“Without a doubt, all comprehensive plans to combat dangerous climate change must include strong curbs on HFCs. Today’s move by New York state to phase down these super-polluting greenhouse gases is a crucial reaffirmation of its national leadership in that global fight. With leadership on HFCs, New York, California—and more states soon—are picking up the slack from the Trump EPA’s drive to put polluters first and the rest of us in harm’s way.”

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