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Leading UN report urges immediate action to mitigate clim...

Leading UN report urges immediate action to mitigate clim...

3 April 2014
The world’s most comprehensive study on climate change to date, released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at the end of March 2014, stresses the urgency of fast action to mitigate climate ...
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California plans to step up action on HFCs

California plans to step up action on HFCs

20 March 2014
In its Draft Update of Scoping Plan released in February 2014, California Air Resources Board (ARB) is recommending the introduction of a fee on sales and import of HFCs. Moreover, California will require the use of l...
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European Parliament formally backs EU F-Gas Regulation &l...

European Parliament formally backs EU F-Gas Regulation &l...

12 March 2014
The European Parliament Plenary has voted by a large majority in favour of a compromise ‘deal’ on the new EU F-Gas Regulation that had been reached by the EU institutions at the end of 2013. The deal, whic...
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Changing US policy landscape to allow for wider deploymen...

Changing US policy landscape to allow for wider deploymen...

28 February 2014
On 21 February 2014, a coalition of 17 Senators and 24 Members of the House of Representatives signed a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cut down the production of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (H...
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UNIDO helps Chinese Midea convert AC production to R290

UNIDO helps Chinese Midea convert AC production to R290

31 January 2014
With the funding from the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol, UNIDO has helped convert a production line for residential air conditioners to ozone and climate-friendly propane in China, ...
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40% GHG emissions reduction in the EU by 2030

40% GHG emissions reduction in the EU by 2030

23 January 2014
On 22 January 2014, the European Commission published a White Paper outlining the EU’s climate and energy framework for 2030. The document, also known as the Climate and Energy Package 2030, foresees a reduction...
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EU deal on F-Gas rules: new prospects for some sectors; m...

EU deal on F-Gas rules: new prospects for some sectors; m...

18 December 2013
On 16 December 2013, the EU Institutions reached an informal, tentative agreement on the future EU F-Gas Regulation: Bans for HFCs with GWP≥150 are foreseen for new movable air conditioning appliances, plug-in comm...
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Open letter: Why to vote “NO” on Final Draft ...

Open letter: Why to vote “NO” on Final Draft ...

13 December 2013
An open letter sent to RAC industry stakeholders is calling for a “NO” vote on the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) 5149, arguing that the standard as it currently stands includes “serious f...
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No progress on a global HFC deal at the Warsaw Climate Talks

No progress on a global HFC deal at the Warsaw Climate Talks

27 November 2013
In little more than a year governments around the world are expected to submit their emission reduction contribution for the period after 2020. This was the agreement made at the Warsaw Climate Talks that concluded la...
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COP19 side events raise awareness on natural refrigerant ...

COP19 side events raise awareness on natural refrigerant ...

20 November 2013
With several countries going back on their climate protection promises and emissions reduction targets, attempts to keep the global temperature rise below the critical 2°C threshold are seriously under threat. Whi...
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Mind the (emissions) gap

Mind the (emissions) gap

7 November 2013
The least costly scenario to keep global temperature rise below the critical 2°C threshold is under threat if wide-raging actions are not taken immediately to limit greenhouse gas emissions, argues the UNEP Emissi...
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F-gas tax becomes reality in Spain

F-gas tax becomes reality in Spain

23 October 2013
On 17 October 2013, Spain’s Congress approved the introduction of a tax on fluorinated greenhouse gases (f-gases). The tax, which will be phased in gradually from 2014 to reach eventually a level of €20/tCO...
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Scientists assess human contribution to climate change at...

Scientists assess human contribution to climate change at...

1 October 2013
In its latest report unveiled on 27 September 2013, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) raises the likelihood of human influence causing global warming from ‘very likely’ declared in its 2007 ...
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Are we any closer to curbing HFCs under the Montreal Prot...

Are we any closer to curbing HFCs under the Montreal Prot...

9 September 2013
Last week saw a major move towards a global phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) through the Montreal Protocol. G20 leaders released a statement endorsing such an initiative, and both China and the US reconfirmed ...
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New US energy efficiency rules for commercial fridges and...

New US energy efficiency rules for commercial fridges and...

5 September 2013
On 29 August 2013 the US Department of Energy (DOE) issued long-awaited draft energy efficiency standards for commercial refrigeration equipment and for walk-in freezers and coolers. While natural refrigerants have no...