Use of climate-unfriendly fluorinated gases should be banned in new air-conditioning appliances and refrigerators by 2020, according to a vote on draft legislation in the Environment Committee at the European Parliament.
MEPs said.”Following bans on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the 1980s to stop depletion of the ozone layer, this draft legislation targets use of several other fluorinated gases that are harmful to the climate. “F-gases” can have a greenhouse warming effect thousands of times stronger than equivalent amounts of CO2. Overall use of potent hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) greenhouse gases should be reduced 84% by 2030,
“Today’s vote represents an important step in the fight against climate change. Emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases have risen by 60% since 1990 in the EU. Banning the use of these “super greenhouse gases” in refrigeration and air-conditioning is therefore urgently needed to reverse this negative trend”, said lead MEPBas Eickhout (Greens/EFA, NL), after the draft…
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