This Tuesday, The White House announced its intentions to prohibit the use of a potent greenhouse gas which is used in air conditioning and refrigeration, given that in less than a week, the UN summit will take place and it will focus on climate changes.
The Obama administration pledged to implement reforms in the private sector, in order to slowly reduce the use of Hydrofluorocarbons (super greenhouse gases). This measure will result in the reduction of up to 700 million tones of CO2 until 2025 and the companies that participated at the White House, have agreed to jointly invest in HFC alternatives and to use climate-friendly technologies.
The reason why the US has taken this decision is related to the fact that HFCs are ten thousand times more potent than other greenhouse gas emissions and they’re growing by up to 15% per year.
“Today’s commitments and actions demonstrate significant U.S. leadership in advance of the United Nations Climate Summit next week and build on progress made earlier in the Administration”, stated the White House Council on Environmental Quality. But more information will be announced at the UN Sumit, which will take place in New York, on September 23.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will require companies to specify if they’ve used additional fluorinated or non-fluorinated chemicals in order to phase out the use of HFCs from refrigeration equipment and air conditioning.
The companies that joined this initiative are, for the beginning, Coca Cola, which invested in 1 million cold drink refrigerators which are HFC-free; Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, which is planning on investing 5 billion dollars in developing a new generation of refrigerants; PepsiCo will start purchasing HFC-free equipment next year and will replace all its refrigerators by 2020; DuPont is going to reduce, by 2025, the greenhouse gas content by ninety million tons CO2 in the US and 245million tons in the rest of the world. Other companies with similar intentions are True Manufacturing and Honeywell.