Nov. 28: Proposed Regulations Would Reduce HFCs

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The government has proposed regulations to reduce hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), powerful GHGs increasingly used in commercial, industrial and residential applications such as refrigeration, air-conditioning, foam insulation and aerosols. HFCs are considered the fastest-growing GHGs in most of the world, increasing at a rate of 10-15% per year. The proposed Regulations Amending The ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations would phase out Canadian HFC consumption, and prohibit the manufacture and import of specific products that contain or are designed to contain HFCs, reducing Canada’s annual consumption of HFCs by 85% by 2036.