President’s Climate Action Plan Aims to Reduce Use of HFCs
July 9, 2013
On Tuesday, June 25th President Obama announced the release of a Climate Action Plan aimed at cutting carbon pollution and calling upon America to “Take action for our kids.”
The Climate Action Plan includes a series of initiatives and executive actions that the Obama Administration will pursue to combat climate change. The Plan centers around three major initiatives:
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Preparing the U.S. for the impacts of climate change
Leading both international and domestic actions to reduce emissions and transition to safer and more sustainable options.
Within the initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Plan proposes to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) both domestically and internationally through the Montreal Protocol and promoting low-emissions technologies and climate-friendly chemicals. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will also use its authority under the Clean Air Act to encourage private sector investment in low-emissions technology by identifying and approving climate-friendly chemicals while prohibiting certain uses of more harmful HFCs. Emissions of HFCs – which are potent greenhouse gases – are expected to double by 2020 and nearly triple by 2030 in the U.S.
How can you support the Climate Action Plan? By demanding and specifying environmentally sustainable fire suppression products – and supporting the shift away from products that are potent greenhouse gases – like HFCs.