September 23, 2021 by archyde
Archive image of chimneys in New York. EFE / EPA / JUSTIN LANE
The United States will reduce its emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), super-polluting gases responsible for global warming and used in air conditioning and refrigeration systems by 85% over the next 15 years., according to a commitment that the Government will announce this Thursday.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be in charge of announcing the new regulations for these greenhouse gases, which can be more dangerous than carbon dioxide. There is broad bipartisan support for curbing these super pollutants.
The goal, as detailed by the White House in a conversation with journalists, is that with 85% fewer emissions, by 2050 the equivalent of more than 4.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide will have been reduced.
That amount equals three years of emissions of the energy sector at 2019 levels.
London, Sep 23 (EFE) .- Three-quarters of the declared climate objectives of the companies of the G7 countries, -more developed economies-, ignore the scientific recommendations of the Paris Agreement for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions . FILE PHOTO EFE / Maxim Shipenkov
“It is a victory for the climate and for the jobs and competitiveness of the United States “, said Gina McCarthy, the White House national climate coordinator, at a Wednesday night briefing. “It’s really – frankly folks – a great deal,” he said.
The EPA will set a cap on hydrofluorocarbons until 2023, assigning rights to companies that manufacture or import them in the next two years. The agency will further reduce its use until 2036 with additional regulation, according to information from The Washington Post.
Avipsa Mahapatra, head of the climate campaign for the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a non-governmental advocacy group, praised regulators for addressing what he called “The most powerful super pollutants known to mankind at this time”.
The president of the United States, Joe Biden. Photo Adam Schultz / The White House / Handout via REUTERS
Hydrofluorocarbons were once an environmental solution. They replaced other chemicals that, when released into the atmosphere, eroded the Earth’s protective ozone layer. But its heat-trapping properties continued to exacerbate global warming., which is why, in 2016, world leaders signed the Kigali Amendment, an update to the 1987 Montreal Protocol, to curb these super pollutants.
Washington will thus endorse the objectives of the amendment to protect the ozone layer.
The law is the result of successful negotiations between Democratic and Republican allies interested in curbing greenhouse gases and chemical manufacturers eager to sell alternative refrigerants. EPA Chief Michael Regan called the bipartisan law “one of the most important environmental laws in recent history., según The Washington Post.
The head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Michael Regan, speaks during a press conference at the White House in Washington, United States, on June 30, 2021. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque
If the reduction of these HFC gases occurs globally in line with the objectives of the Kigali amendment, experts point out that Global warming could be slowed by 0.5 degrees Celsius by 2100.
In the regulations for the reduction of hydrofluorocarbons that the EPA will make public this Thursday, a plan is also designed to prevent the illegal import and production of these gases and another to develop alternatives.
(With information from EFE)
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