International coalition takes aim at popular air-conditioner refrigerant in battle against climate change

Thu, 2007-03-15 10:14Bill Miller
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International coalition takes aim at popular air-conditioner refrigerant in battle against climate change

The coalition is pitted mainly against China, the world’s leading manufacturer of air-conditioners that use the refrigerant. Most window air-conditioners and air-conditioning systems in the US also use this refrigerant.

International pressure for quick action has grown rapidly. The US has joined Argentina, Brazil, Iceland, Mauritania and Norway in notifying the Ozone Secretariat of the United Nations they want to negotiate an accelerated phaseout of HCFC’s at an international conference in Montreal in September.

An accelerated phaseout of the refrigerant could speed up by five years the healing of the ozone layer and cut emissions of global-warming gases by the equivalent of at least one-sixth of the reductions called for under the Kyoto Protocol.

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Tim Ball already proved (per os, as they say in latin) that CFC’s were never a problem. There is discussion at http://www.desmogblog.com/dr-tim-ball-on-cfcs-and-the-sponsorhip-scandal
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The European Union’s 2020 climate and energy package, which is binding legislation, calls for emissions to be cut by 20 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020. In addition, the plan calls for energy efficiency savings of 20 per cent and a 20 per cent increase in renewable energy technologies.

While the European Union seems largely on track to meet those targets, later this month...

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