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China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection outlin...

China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection outlin...

31 August 2015
In June 2015, China’s Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO) published ‘The First Catalogue of Recommended Substitutes for HCFCs” with the list of natural substitutes – including CO2, ammon...
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Apathetic Australian government urged to action on HFCs, ...

Apathetic Australian government urged to action on HFCs, ...

20 August 2015
Described as the worst-performing industrial nation on climate change at the UN talks in Lima last year, Australia has finally awoken from its slumber announcing plans to reduce HFCs by 85% by 2036 and greenhouse gas ...
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DOE publishes final rule regarding test procedures for re...

DOE publishes final rule regarding test procedures for re...

11 August 2015
In a move that will aid CO2 and hydrocarbon beverage vending machine (BVM) manufacturers and end users, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) has listened to supporting comments from beverage giant Coca-Cola an...
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Natural refrigerant technology can help states comply wit...

Natural refrigerant technology can help states comply wit...

7 August 2015
On 3 August, the US EPA and President Obama announced the final Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. The Plan has the potential to open new opportunities for the adoption of natur...
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Paris Montreal Protocol meeting makes slow progress on HFCs

Paris Montreal Protocol meeting makes slow progress on HFCs

29 July 2015
The Montreal Protocol meeting held on 20-24 July in Paris failed to bring a much-needed breath of fresh air into discussions on HFCs as Parties did not succeed in initiating a formal negotiations process on ways to ma...
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UPDATE: EPA announces final dates for delisting of HFCs

UPDATE: EPA announces final dates for delisting of HFCs

24 July 2015
Following the announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on 2nd July outlining the final rule for the delisting of several high-GWP (global warming potential) refrigerants, R744.com and hydrocarb...
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Raft of recommended natural substitutes signals death kne...

Raft of recommended natural substitutes signals death kne...

29 June 2015
China has underlined its intention to facilitate a comprehensive market shift towards natural refrigerant technology in a draft list of recommended substitutes for HCFCs, which are likely to be followed swiftly by sub...
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UNIDO project helps The Gambia adopt natural refrigerants...

UNIDO project helps The Gambia adopt natural refrigerants...

22 May 2015
An official inauguration workshop on 5 May marked the start of a joint project to support the uptake of natural refrigerants in The Gambia by UNIDO, the Gambian Government, the Gambia Technical Training Institute and ...
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Reducing costs and increasing efficiency in vending equip...

Reducing costs and increasing efficiency in vending equip...

7 May 2015
The European Vending Association Expand Project is developing a low cost expansion device to improve efficiencies of chilled vending equipment using CO2 or hydrocarbons.
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African group helps make progress towards HFC phase down

African group helps make progress towards HFC phase down

29 April 2015
There were high expectations from the international community ahead of the two-day workshop on HFCs and extraordinary Montreal Protocol meeting, held on 20-24 April, especially after India submitted an amendment propo...
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EPA’s final rule expands the use of 4 hydrocarbon r...

EPA’s final rule expands the use of 4 hydrocarbon r...

3 March 2015
On 27 February 2015, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signed a final rule listing four additional hydrocarbon refrigerants (R290, R600a, R170 and R441A) as acceptable substitutes under the Significant New Alternatives ...
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India and US agree to make progress on HFCs in 2015

India and US agree to make progress on HFCs in 2015

29 January 2015
In a meeting held on 25-26 January 2015, the US President and Indian Prime Minister reaffirmed their commitment to work on phasing down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol and to make progress in neg...
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Hydrocarbons set to play vital role in renovation of Viet...

Hydrocarbons set to play vital role in renovation of Viet...

21 January 2015
Vietnam is looking to lessen the environmental impact of its industrial refrigeration sector. To help achieve this, a project has been initiated by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the G...
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UPDATE: Canada to align with the US on limiting the use o...

UPDATE: Canada to align with the US on limiting the use o...

11 December 2014
At the UN Climate Summit held in New York on 23 September, the Canadian Environment Minister announced that the government would soon publish a Notice of Intent to regulate HFCs in-line with the proposals recently pub...
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Global agreement on HFCs likely to become reality in 2015

Global agreement on HFCs likely to become reality in 2015

27 November 2014
Progress was achieved at the 26th Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Montreal Protocol held on 17-21 November in Paris with close to 200 countries able to agree to hold informal discussions on HFCs in a structured ma...