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EPA Finalizes Rule on Safer HFC Alternatives Under SNAP Program

April 26, 2021

The United States EPA took an important step for climate protection today by finalizing Significant New Alternatives Policy program rule 23 (SNAP 23). This rule approves several low global warming potential refrigerants for split system air conditioners and heat pumps, including R-32. read more


World leaders to US: “Welcome back to the fight. This time I know our side will win”

April 22, 2021

Most world leaders who spoke this morning at President Joe Biden’s Leaders’ Summit welcomed the U.S. back to the climate fight. Many world leaders echoed President Biden’s science goal of limiting warming to 1.5 °C, and many shared the president’s focus on the decade of action to 2030. read more


To Address Near-Term Warming, U.S. and China Vow to Cooperate on HFCs, Methane, and Other Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases

April 18, 2021

At the conclusion of their 17 April 2021 bilateral meeting,  U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and China Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua pledged near-term actions to address the climate crisis. Countries pledge to strengthen Paris Agreement, implement the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, and reduce emissions under other sectoral agreements. read more


China to Accept Kigali Amendment on HFCs and Strengthen Action on Other Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases

April 16, 2021

In a virtual summit with President Macron of France and Chancellor Merkel of Germany, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced China will accept the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. President Xi also mentioned China’s intention to strengthen the control of non-CO2 greenhouse gases. read more


Retire Fossil Fuels and Their Old Arguments: Reducing Energy Costs by Investing in Efficiency and Clean Renewable Energy Creates More Nationally-Distributed Jobs, Strengthens the Economy, and Protects the Climate

March 26, 2021

A fresh look at the economics of job creation reveals that investment in energy efficiency, decarbonization, and clean renewable energy creates a larger and more sustainable number of jobs if you consider the construction and manufacturing jobs as well as the many jobs created when the energy bill savings are spent locally. The job and economic advantage is even higher when health care savings and improvements in productivity from clean air are taken into account, according to a new analysis. read more


President Biden to Submit Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol for Senate Ratification

January 27, 2021

President Biden directed the State Dept. to prepare a transmittal package to the Senate for the ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down potent HFCs. “President Biden knows the Senate better than any president before him, and will be using the advice and consent process to build bipartisan support for this and future climate action, which the American people are demanding,” said IGSD President, Durwood Zaelke. read more


Pandemic Relief Bill Mandates HFC Phasedown in Compliance with Montreal Protocol’s Kigali Amendment

January 8, 2021

In a huge win for the environment and American businesses, the Consolidated Appropriations Act that was signed into law on 27 December 2020 phases down potent greenhouse gases HFCs. Reducing HFC refrigerants could avoid up to 0.5°C of future warming. Climate benefits could double with parallel improvements in energy efficiency of cooling equipment. read more


Join the Climate Friendly Cooling Campaign

November 24, 2020

Are you ready to take action to avoid obsolete HFC refrigerants that damage the earth’s climate and are being phased down globally? Join other climate leaders! The Sustainable Leadership Purchasing Council and IGSD are pleased to announce the launch of the Climate Friendly Cooling Campaign. read more


Climate-friendly Cooling Could Cut Years of GHG Emissions, Buy Time and Save US$ Trillions: UNEP & IEA

July 17, 2020

Coordinated international action on energy-efficient, climate-friendly cooling could avoid as much as 460 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions – roughly equal to eight years of global emissions at 2018 levels – over the next four decades. read more


New Report Identifies Sources of Environmental Dumping of ACs in African Countries

July 9, 2020

Environmentally Harmful Dumping of Inefficient and Obsolete Air Conditioners in Africa details the extent of the problem across ten countries in Africa, ultimately providing policymakers with a set of solutions to encourage a transition toward highly-efficient, sustainable cooling technologies. read more


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