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EU Council begins to act on Paris Agreement

EU Council begins to act on Paris Agreement

30 September 2016
EU member states today (30 September) agreed to speed up the process of ratifying the climate agreement reached among nearly 200 countries at COP21 in Paris last December..
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US EPA finalises two rules to reduce emissions of HFCs

US EPA finalises two rules to reduce emissions of HFCs

28 September 2016
On 26 September the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalised two rules under the Clean Air Act (CAA). Section 608 of the CAA now covers HFCs for leak checking requirements. The finalised rule under the Signi...
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Countries and companies unite in call to action on HFCs

Countries and companies unite in call to action on HFCs

23 September 2016
With a crucial Montreal Protocol meeting just around the corner, political pressure to come to an agreement on phasing down HFCs is mounting.  Three important statements made yesterday (22 September) in New York ...
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40% HFC reduction by 2030 becomes legal requirement in Ca...

40% HFC reduction by 2030 becomes legal requirement in Ca...

23 September 2016
On 19 September, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a bill (SB1383) that legally obliges the US state to reduce its emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), including hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
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Madagascar trade body promotes natrefs

Madagascar trade body promotes natrefs

20 September 2016
The Madagasy Union of Refrigeration Technicians (UFM) is running an awareness-raising campaign to promote uptake of natural refrigerants.
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California extends ambitious climate change law

California extends ambitious climate change law

9 September 2016
On 8 September California Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills into law to increase the ambition of the state’s climate change legislation. A law passed in 2006 seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 ...
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333 natref projects receive subsidies in Japan

333 natref projects receive subsidies in Japan

1 September 2016
At the start of July, JRECO (the Japan Refrigerants and Environment Conservation Organization) announced which companies will receive financial support from the Japanese Ministry of the Environment (MOE) in the first ...
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China’s HCFC phase-out ambitions under spotlight at...

China’s HCFC phase-out ambitions under spotlight at...

25 August 2016
Experts attending the 2016 Gustav Lorentzen conference this week were optimistic that China’s HCFC phase-out plan will trigger wider uptake of natural refrigerants across the Asian powerhouse.
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Mexico looks to Montreal Protocol for natrefs boost

Mexico looks to Montreal Protocol for natrefs boost

10 August 2016
Mexico is seeking an agreement within the Montreal Protocol framework that would enable a phase-down of HFCs in the country. Accelerate America reports.
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Californian incentive funds on hold until 2017

Californian incentive funds on hold until 2017

27 July 2016
California’s refrigerant incentive programme, which has earmarked $20 million for businesses planning to install low-GWP refrigeration equipment, is on hold until 2017.
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Vienna talks bring world closer to HFC phase-down

Vienna talks bring world closer to HFC phase-down

25 July 2016
Participants in last week's Montreal Protocol meetings in Vienna made progress towards a global deal on managing HFCs. Confidence was high among the international community that a definitive agreement can be struck at...
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EIA calls on Montreal Protocol Parties to tackle illegal ...

EIA calls on Montreal Protocol Parties to tackle illegal ...

18 July 2016
The scale of illegal HCFC trade could potentially be larger than that previously seen with CFCs, warns the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) in a new report published ahead Montreal Protocol talks this week tha...
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UK, Germany support natural refrigerants in Thailand

UK, Germany support natural refrigerants in Thailand

15 July 2016
The United Kingdom and Germany this week (12 July) announced that they are jointly providing Thailand with a grant of 560 million baht to support the development of climate-friendly HVAC&R equipment.
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Australia mulls phase-down of high-GWP refrigerants for a...

Australia mulls phase-down of high-GWP refrigerants for a...

7 July 2016
Australia’s federal government is considering introducing legislation that would begin to phase down high-GWP refrigerants such as R134a from domestic and car air conditioning. The proposed move is part of a wid...
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Slovak EU Presidency to tackle Brexit, COP22 and Montreal...

Slovak EU Presidency to tackle Brexit, COP22 and Montreal...

1 July 2016
The Slovak EU Presidency of the European Union is set to be particularly eventful, with the challenges posed by Brexit and the migrant crisis likely to be significant. Putting together the EU’s contribution to M...