Environment & Energy Report

EPA Paves Way For Greater Use of Climate-Friendly Refrigerants

Nov. 22, 2017, 5:37 PMUpdated: Nov. 22, 2017, 9:20 PM

The EPA is making it easier for the refrigeration industry to use climate-friendly chemicals, even amid continued uncertainty about whether the Trump administration will support a global deal to limit greenhouse gases in the sector.

The Environmental Protection Agency released a direct final rule, signed by Administrator Scott Pruitt Nov. 20, to allow larger amounts of climate-friendly refrigerants to be used in household refrigerators and freezers.

Environmental advocates and appliance manufacturers alike say the move will make it easier for the U.S. refrigeration industry to transition away from hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), refrigerant chemicals that are highly potent...

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