G8 Leaders Commit to Action on Hydrofluorocarbons and Other Climate Pollutants
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At their May 2012 summit, the U.S. and other G8 countries committed to comprehensive action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, as a compliment to reducing CO2, describing the new effort as a means to promote “increased ambition” to protect the climate. Targeted pollutants include black carbon soot, methane, and hydrofluorocarbons — factory-made gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning which are the fastest growing climate pollutant in the U.S. The G8 commitment adds to the increasing international focus on potential climate impacts of refrigerants. The Montreal Protocol again considered a production phase-down of HFCs, while a number of industry leaders have committed to transition into low-GWP refrigerants. EOS continues to provide new economic and environmental incentives for responsible management of refrigerants throughout their lifecycle. More details on the G8 action available here.