ARKANSAS, Oct 8 (Future Headlines)- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has introduced two new measures aimed at curbing the use of climate-warming chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. These actions are part of the United States’ broader efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The EPA has issued a final rule that restricts the use of HFCs in various products, including foams, aerosol products and refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pump equipment. This rule sets compliance dates ranging from 2025 to 2028. The goal is to limit the use of HFCs, which are known to be significantly more potent in contributing to global warming than carbon dioxide.
In addition to restricting their use, the EPA has proposed measures to enhance the management and reuse of HFCs. This proposal includes rules for repairing leaky equipment, guidelines for using reclaimed HFCs, and regulations for detecting leaks in large refrigeration equipment.
These actions build on a final rule issued by the EPA in July, which aimed to reduce the use of HFCs by 40% below historic levels from 2024 to 2028. Furthermore, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly in September of the previous year to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, a global agreement that calls for the gradual phase-down of HFCs. This bipartisan support highlights the commitment to addressing the issue of HFCs on a global scale.
Additionally, the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2020, passed by Congress, directed the EPA to develop plans to reduce the production and consumption of climate-damaging chemicals by 85% by 2036.
White House National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi emphasized that the United States’ ratification of the Kigali Amendment, coupled with these regulatory measures, positions the country to lead in innovation and the manufacturing of alternatives to HFCs, which are considered “super-polluting.”
These actions are part of a broader strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the U.S.’s commitment to halve its emissions by the end of this decade, contributing to global efforts to combat climate change.
Reporting by Emad Martin