From Environmental Leader , Published 17 September 2014
Coca-Cola, Target, DuPont, Honeywell and other major companies along with the White House have announced a series of commitments to curb emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning.
The companies say they will begin a rapid phase down of R-134a and similar chemicals. The Administration is also stepping up diplomatic efforts to enact a phase-out production and consumption of these GHGs under the Montreal Protocol.
Among individual companies’ commitments:
The EPA announced three new actions that it says will help support a smooth transition to climate-friendly alternatives to HFCs, including:
The new efforts build upon progress and commitments already made under EPA’s GreenChill partnership, which works with the supermarket industry to transition to climate-friendly refrigerants, reduce the amount of refrigerant used, and eliminate harmful refrigerant leaks.
If supermarkets nationwide reduce refrigerant leaks to the current GreenChill Partner average of 12.4 percent, they could generate annual cost savings of over $100 million across the industry while preventing the annual emission of about 27 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, the EPA says.
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