Hydrofluorocarbons, used in air conditioners, refrigerators, aerosol cans, and more, only make up 2% of total U.S. emissions – but they are incredibly harmful pollutants that are thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide emissions. Stalling the global rise of HFCs – and eventually, phasing them out entirely – is an essential component of meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement and minimizing the drastic impacts of climate change.
Phase out super-polluting HFCs
Eliminating the use of super-polluting HFCs is key to meeting America’s climate goals – and in the absence of federal leadership on this issue, states can implement their own policies and drive progress themselves.
California’s HFC Regulation Empowers States to Limit Use of Super-Pollutants
After a federal court blocked a portion of EPA’s authority to regulate HFCs, California lawmakers took matters into their own hands. California passed a statewide policy to prevent manufacturers from using prohibited HFCs in certain new equipment and materials. The regulation also mandates that manufacturers have a disclosure statement certifying that products only use compliant refrigerants or foam expansion agents to not only deter HFC use, but increase awareness about the super-pollutant.