Fri, 22 Oct 2021

WASHINGTON D.C.: The United States will further limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons in refrigerators and air conditioners.

Hydrofluorocarbons have long been identified as highly potent greenhouse gases.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will sharply limit domestic production and use of hydrofluorocarbons.

The new rule, announced Thursday, is a continuation of legislation passed by Congress in 2020 to decrease U.S. production and use of hydrofluorocarbons by 85 percent over the next 15 years.

The administration also is taking steps to end the imports of hydrofluorocarbons, which can leak through pipes or appliances that use compressed refrigerants.

Earlier, President Joe Biden said he would enforce a 2016 global agreement to reduce the sale of hydrofluorocarbons by 2036.

Meanwhile, White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy, herself a former EPA administrator, said the new rule was "a win on climate and a win on jobs and American competitiveness.

The administration is taking additional steps to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons, including creation of a task force to prevent illegal trade, production, use or sale of the gases.

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