HFCs: Super Greenhouse Gases

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HFC Overview

A phase-down of super greenhouse gases, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), at the Montreal Protocol is the largest, fastest and most cost effective mitigation option.

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Global Action

An international phase-out of HFCs would mitigate 88-143 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalents (CO2e) by 2050.

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Country Actions

EIA works with countries and industries to convert to environmentally friendly, low-GWP alternatives leading to a de facto phase-out of HFCs.

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HFC Alternatives

EIA works with forums that fund and pilot alternative technologies to promote transitions to available environmentally friendly alternatives.

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EIA has been actively engaging and encouraging the supermarket sector to reduce their use and emissions of HFCs by converting to low-GWP refrigerants.

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We have the opportunity to mitigate ~100 billion CO2 equivalent tonnes by 2050.  A phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), super greenhouse gases used primarily in refrigeration, air conditioners and foams, at the Montreal Protocol would rid the world of HFCs in the largest, fastest and most cost-effective mitigation option currently available. The alternatives are available to phase-out these chemicals and we must start now to protect our climate and avoid the dangerous tipping points for uncontrolled climate change.

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