The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a significant reduction in the amount of greenhouse gas emissions used in air-conditioning systems and refrigerators while the supervisor is raising air targets under Biden’s controls.
The EPA has completely changed the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, by 85% over the next 15 years. It expects its new law to reduce 4.7bn tons of carbon dioxide – about three years of U.S. gas emissions – between 2022 and 2050.
“By lowering HFCs, which may be more potent than greenhouse gases, the EPA is taking action to protect global warming,” said Michael Regan, EPA’s director on Monday.
Congress mandated the regulator to reduce HFC emissions and implement the program any change passed last year. When the Trump administration backed down many environmental laws as part of the experiment – in addition to delaying the ratification of international agreements on HFCs – President Joe Biden has made climate change a priority.
Last month, Biden gave the US to cut off hot air About 50% at the end of the decade, since 2005, and has been reunited with the Paris climate agreement.
When a several countries has already introduced measures to reduce the use of HFC, the EPA law provides the first limit on the type of drug groups.
“Biden EPA’s immediate response to climate change will provide better health care for all Americans,” said David Doniger, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, environmental group. “Restoration of HFCs is a very important part of the process and can solve the climate problem.
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HFCs are used in refrigerators, air conditioners, home refrigerators, fire extinguishers and aerosols. It has become more widespread in the last few decades in place of another group of chemicals, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which deplete the ozone layer.
CFCs were abolished under the 1987 Montreal Protocol. But HFCs have been found to be greenhouse gases and there has been growing noise to stop them from using them.
Under the Obama administration, US signed an agreement in Kigali, Rwanda, to abolish HFCs but Trump officials have not submitted to the Senate for approval. The EPA also stated that the global phaseout could withstand temperatures of 0.5C with a temperature of 2100 degrees Celsius.
Biden’s two weather officials – season spokesman John Kerry and White House weather forecaster Gina McCarthy – helped negotiate the Kigali agreement. Biden wants to be approved by Congress.