23 Sept 2021
Biden Administration to Implement New Rule for HFC Emissions
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According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, a new rule will be introduced to help bring down a dangerous climate-warming gas called Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 85% in the next 15 years.
The new rule will help reduce the usage of the gas in many household appliances such as air conditioners and refrigerators. National Climate Advisor, Gina McCarthy stated, “it really sends a signal to the rest of the world that we are all in on climate change.” With the plan in place, U.S will be able to comply with the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol.
The upcoming UN climate summit in Glasgow is pushing countries to review their legislations and measures before attendance. President Biden has initiated several measures and executive actions to curb climate control along with other major climate change proposals which are still pending as the congress struggles to approve a budget.
The rule is expected to make a huge impact of gas emissions as it is said to reduce 4.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by the year 2050. The EPA will develop an allocation system which will minimize HFCs and will review petitions that restrict the usage of the gas in applications.
On Thursday, both the white house and the EPA announced that both will cooperate with multiple agencies to help stop the illegal trade of HFC gas and will punish violators of the law.