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08/2018 The unexpected rise in emissions of CFC-11 was top of the agenda at the 40th Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) to the Montreal Protocol in Vienna

In her opening remarks, Tina Birmpili of the Ozone Secretariat said it was “critical to take stock of the science and take action” and urged parties to “not relax their vigilance for a second” to maintain the success of the treaty.

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08/2018 USA: Representatives from 22 US conservative groups have signed a letter urging President Trump not to submit the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFCs to the Senate for ratification.

Source: The letter was signed by 24 representatives from 22 conservative industry, consumer, and science organisations, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and Heritage Action. The signers argue that the Kigali Amendment would do far more economic harm than environmental good.

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06/2018 New IEA report on the future of cooling new International Energy Agency (IEA) report – The Future of Cooling – maintains that the growing use of air conditioners in homes and offices around the world will be one of the top drivers of global electricity demand over the next three decades.

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06/2018 EPEE continues to participate in global effort to promote sustainable heating and cooling solutions in daily lives

EPEE, the voice of the heating, cooling and refrigeration industry in Europe had the chance to participate earlier this month in the “Sustainable Energy For All” (SE4ALL) Forum in Lisbon, speaking at a dedicated “Cooling for all” panel discussion.

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04/2018 California adopts SNAP rules to ban certain HFCs in certain applications

Last year, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’ decided that the EPA could not use a section of the Clean Air Act to target HFCs. Under the EPA rules, high GWP refrigerants including R404A, R134a, R407C and R410A were to be removed from the EPA’s SNAP list for use in certain new products.

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04/2018 FETA cautions against retrofits with R-32

FETA has recently been advised that there have been some instances of R410A (classified as A1; non-flammable) being completely removed from an air conditioning system, and the system simply being recharged with R32 (classified as A2L; low flammability)

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