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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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Caribbean islands receive training on climate-friendly co...

Caribbean islands receive training on climate-friendly co...

27 September 2016
Over 50 policymakers and financial and private sector representatives from 15 Caribbean islands came together in St Kitts & Nevis from 12-15 September to receive training on energy-efficient and climate-friendly p...
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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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US EPA near final rules on SNAP and further HFC restrictions

US EPA near final rules on SNAP and further HFC restrictions

15 September 2016
Two major rulings from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are expected to be released in the next two to four weeks, according to Drusilla Hufford, director of the EPA’s Stratospheric Protection Division.
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$220,000 Caribbean hydrocarbon project kicks off in Grenada

$220,000 Caribbean hydrocarbon project kicks off in Grenada

9 September 2016
From 31 August-1 September 2016 in St. George, capital of the small Caribbean island Grenada, representatives of countries participating in a demonstration project on safely handling low-GWP refrigerants, met for the ...
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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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Iraqi experts receive hydrocarbon training

Iraqi experts receive hydrocarbon training

6 September 2016
A group of Iraqi HVAC&R experts gathered in Casale Monferrato, Italy last week (29 August-2 September) to receive specialised training on alternative refrigerants for commercial refrigeration and the safe use of h...
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ASHRAE 15 Addendum fails to address safety measures for A...

ASHRAE 15 Addendum fails to address safety measures for A...

1 September 2016
A proposed addendum to safety standard ASHRAE 15 is open for public comment until midnight Eastern Standard Time on 4 September. The so-called Addendum d only covers A2L refrigerants, while similar safety measures for...
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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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New opportunities for Hydrocarbons in Oman?

New opportunities for Hydrocarbons in Oman?

16 August 2016
This week, the gulf state Oman announced stage two of their plan to radically cut HCFC’s, ozone-depleting substances, by 2020. Official sources linked to the Government have opened the door to a wider use of hyd...
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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.