EPA moves forward with phase down of climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to phase down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), commonly used in refrigerators, air conditioners, and many other applications.

The EPA ambition is to sharply reduce production and consumption of these harmful pollutants by using an allowance allocation and trading program.

This phasedown will decrease the production and import of HFCs in the United States by 85% over the next 15 years. A global HFC phasedown is expected to avoid up to 0.5 °C of global warming by 2100.

Read the EPA news release about down phasing of hydrofluorocarbons >