• 20-JUN-2013

  • SOURCE: S&D Group at European Parliament

Greener freezers: fluorinated fridges and air-conditioning have no future

Use of climate-unfriendly fluorinated gases should be banned in new air-conditioning appliances and refrigerators by 2020, according to a vote on draft legislation in the Environment Committee on Wednesday. Overall use of potent hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) greenhouse gases should be reduced 84% by 2030, MEPs say.

Following bans on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the 1980s to stop depletion of the ozone layer, this draft legislation targets use of several other fluorinated gases that are harmful to the climate. "F-gases" can have a greenhouse warming effect thousands of times stronger than equivalent amounts of CO2.