Campaign Focus Areas
- Update on North American Safety Standards for Climate-Friendly Refrigerants
This month a new standards proposal under ASHRAE-15, represents some progress for uptake of climate-friendly hydrocarbon refrigerants to replace super pollutant hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The proposal allows hydrocarbons to be used in corridors and lobbies of commercial buildings like hotels. It allows up to 114 grams of propane where previously none was allowed at all. This will enable vending machines and most other light commercial refrigeration equipment like small one door beverage coolers containing hydrocarbons to be used in these spaces.
- EIA Comments on ASHRAE-15 Standards Proposal
- EPA Rescinds Requirements on Super-Pollutant HFCs, Reversing Basic Safeguards on Leaks
EPA Rescinds Requirements on Super-Pollutant HFCs, Reversing Basic Safeguards on Leaks
- California’s New Plan to Reduce HFCs in Supermarkets
Part one in a series on policy trends on eliminating HFCs, emerging from California.
- New Environmental Mystery: HFC-23 Super Pollutant Emissions Continue Despite Montreal Protocol Controls
New Environmental Mystery: HFC-23 Super Pollutant Emissions Continue Despite Montreal Protocol Controls
A new paper in Nature Communications finds that, based on atmospheric data, emissions of one of the most potent greenhouse gases on the planet, HFC-23 are higher than at any point in history. Meanwhile, emissions reported of the same substance are at the lowest in the past 17 years. The study estimates that an additional ~309 Tg CO2-equivalent emissions (greater than 300 million tons) were added to the atmosphere between 2015 and 2017.
- EIA Response to New Study Estimating Impact of Illegal CFC-11 on Ozone Hole Recovery
A new paper due to be published in Nature on Thursday December 19. EIA Climate Campaign Lead Avipsa Mahapatra responds to the new findings.
- Montreal Protocol Countries Make Key Decisions in Rome
At MOP 31, 171 nations grappled with improving enforcement, monitoring banned gases, financing the MLF, ensuring a sustainable cold chain, and more.
- Search, Reuse and Destroy: Initiating Global Discussion to Act on a 100 Billion Ton Climate Problem
Search, Reuse and Destroy: Initiating Global Discussion to Act on a 100 Billion Ton Climate Problem
- A ‘Cool’ Way to Take Action after the Global Climate Strike
Ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit this week, millions of protestors participated in the global climate strike last Friday. The strike called on our leaders to take action on climate change as they meet in New York City. According to experts we have just 12 years to respond to climate change, to limit global temperature rise to under 2°C, and to protect life on Earth as we know it.
- EIA 2018 Impact Report
In 2018 the Environmental Investigation Agency continued to confront the greatest environmental threats facing the world today. The EIA team pursued, documented and exposed the activities of syndicates that threaten endangered species, damage the climate and ozone layer, and drive the trade in timber stolen from the world’s most important remaining forests.