Just a week after proposing to lift limits on methane pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is looking to roll back emissions rules on other potent greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. On Wednesday, the agency proposed rescinding an Obama-era rule that would have cut leakage of HFCs in large industrial-sized refrigerators and air conditioners—think chilly factories, supermarkets, ice rinks, etc. If finalized, the reversal would let such facilities off the hook for basic leak-prevention and repair measures, as well as public reporting. HFCs have hundreds to thousands of times the planet-warming power of carbon dioxide, and the EPA estimates annual leaks from the rollback would be akin to the annual climate pollution from 642,000 more passenger cars. The good news: States are working independently to phase out these compounds as part of a larger effort against what NRDC's David Doniger calls the Trump administration’s “climate vandalism.”
Skip carousel items
Expert BlogLissa Lynch
NRDC filed a lawsuit today against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for unlawfully revoking the agency’s limits on uses of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the super-potent climate-changing pollutants used in refrigeration, air conditioning, insulation, aerosols, and other products.
WASHINGTON - Major air conditioning and refrigerator manufacturers and the Natural Resources Defense Council today agreed to support the replacement of super-polluting hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, in home air conditioning systems nationwide with safer refrigerants by 2023.
Expert BlogLissa Lynch
Here’s something you don’t see every day: an entire industry and the environmental community aligned in support of an international agreement to curb dangerous climate pollutants—chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in air conditioning, refrigeration, insulation, and propellant applications.
Expert BlogDavid Doniger
To fill the void in Washington, D.C., NRDC is working with states and industry for fast action on HFCs.
Expert BlogAnjali Jaiswal
India and the world continue to make steady progress toward phasing down the use of harmful climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in air conditioners.