|FSSA Industry News|
China announced an aggressive target for reducing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons.
Washington, DC, 28 May 2014 –
The US also is taking strong action to reduce HFCs domestically, as is the EU. HFCs are super greenhouse gases hundreds to thousands of times more potent in their warming impact than carbon dioxide, and are the fastest growing climate pollutants in many countries, including the U.S. EU, China, and India. Fast reductions by 2020 could provide the equivalent of up to 200 billion tonnes of CO2 in mitigation by 2050, and avoid up to 0.5°C in warming by 2100.
“China should be congratulated for its strong HFC target, which sets an example for the rest of the world to get on with the job of phasing out HFCs with high global warming potential,” stated Dr. Stephen O. Andersen, former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) liaison to the Department of Defense (DoD) for climate and ozone, and former co-chair of the Technology & Economic Assessment Panel of the Montreal Protocol. “China’s action makes it increasingly inevitable that HFCs will be phased down under the Montreal Protocol, and soon.”