Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in refrigerators and air conditioning are greenhouse gases and when it comes to trapping heat in the atmosphere, they are thousands of times stronger than carbon dioxide. The Obama administration finalized a federal rule restricting the production of appliances containing HFCs. This rule would have reduced nationwide HFC emissions by an amount equal to the pollution of 21 coal power plants by 2025. However, this rule was struck down by a federal appeals court just two years later. The Trump administration has shown no signs of interest in drafting new HFC legislation. The federal government may be walking back regulations on climate warming chemicals, but states aren’t. New York, Maryland, and Connecticut have all recently announced statewide phase-outs of HFCs. Earlier this year, California adopted a ban of HFCs in all new air conditioning and refrigeration. ClimateWorks Foundation believes that New York and California’s rejection of HFCs alone may be enough to push manufacturers to phase out HFCs across the U.S., despite the absence of federal regulation. Do you think manufacturers should make the switch? ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ #YEARSproject #HFC #greenhousegas #hfcban #climatechange #climateworksfoundation #airconditioning #refrigerators #hydrofluorocarbons #newyork #california - The Years Project

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in refrigerators and air conditioning are greenhouse gases and when it comes to trapping heat in the atmosphere, they are thousands of times stronger than carbon dioxide. The Obama administration finalized a federal rule restricting the production of appliances containing HFCs. This rule would have reduced nationwide HFC emissions by an amount equal to the pollution of 21 coal power plants by 2025. However, this rule was struck down by a federal appeals court just two years later. The Trump administration has shown no signs of interest in drafting new HFC legislation. The federal government may be walking back regulations on climate warming chemicals, but states aren’t. New York, Maryland, and Connecticut have all recently announced statewide phase-outs of HFCs. Earlier this year, California adopted a ban of HFCs in all new air conditioning and refrigeration. ClimateWorks Foundation believes that New York and California’s rejection of HFCs alone may be enough to push manufacturers to phase out HFCs across the U.S., despite the absence of federal regulation. Do you think manufacturers should make the switch? ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ #YEARSproject #HFC #greenhousegas #hfcban #climatechange #climateworksfoundation #airconditioning #refrigerators #hydrofluorocarbons #newyork #california