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Possible Ban of Harmful HFC Greenhouse Gases

September 15, 2014 by Eric Schmitz

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed the ban of certain hydro-fluorocarbon chemicals (HFCs). This is the second time that the EPA has tried to reduce emissions of HFCs, which the EPA claims significantly contribute to climate change. If the ban is implemented, the action is estimated to reduce greenhouse gases by up to 42 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2020, equal to the carbon dioxide emissions from the annual electricity use of more than five million homes.

The offending chemical is found in aerosols, automotive air conditioning, retail food refrigeration, gelding machines, and foam blowing.

To learn more about this potential ban and its effects on the climate click here.

Do you want to know which HFCs are prevalent in your facility? Contact [email protected].

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