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Japan’s HFC emissions rise 4.7%

Japan’s HFC emissions rise 4.7%

14 April 2020

Latest figures reveal that Japan’s hydrofluorocarbon emissions rose by 4.7% in 2018 to 2.1 million tonnes, despite overall CO emissions falling for the fifth year in succession. The figures from Japan’s Ministry of the Environment and the National Institute for Environmental Studies reveal that, while the country’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by 3.9% in 2018 …

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HFC decision “a victory for our climate”

HFC decision “a victory for our climate”

08 April 2020

A US Court has restored a prohibition on switching from ozone depleting substances to HFCs in a number of specific applications including large refrigeration systems in supermarkets. The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency acted illegally in suspending the agency’s limits on the uses of certain …

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Disposables

China accused of refrigerant cylinder dumping

27 March 2020

Refrigerant cylinder manufacturer Worthington Industries has filed petitions alleging that Chinese manufacturers are dumping non-refillable steel cylinders on the US market. The company, based in Columbus, Ohio, claims that the Chinese manufacturers are being unfairly subsidised by their government, enabling them to sell the cylinders at less than fair value in the USA. Worthington has alleged …

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Global efforts on ozone help reverse southern jet stream damage

Global efforts on ozone help reverse southern jet stream damage

25 March 2020

Jet stream appears to have stopped moving south and may be moving back towards normal International cooperation on ozone-depleting chemicals is helping to return the southern jet stream to a normal state after decades of human-caused disruption, a study shows. Scientists say the findings prove there is the capacity to heal some damaged climate systems if governments …

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HFC refrigerants see out 2019 with further price declines

HFC refrigerants see out 2019 with further price declines

23 March 2020

Prices of HFC refrigerants continued to fall in the final quarter of 2019, completing a year of price decreases from the highs in 2018. According to the latest report from German consultancy Öko-Recherche, the price falls were on average at a lesser rate than in previous quarters. Despite this, prices at OEM and service company …

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Call to recover and destroy existing CFC bank

Call to recover and destroy existing CFC bank

17 March 2020

A new report estimates that existing banks of CFCs, once widely used as refrigerants in air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, could delay Antarctic ozone hole recovery by six years. The use of ozone-depleting CFCs were phased out under the Montreal Protocol agreement but are still contained in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, chemical stockpiles, foams …

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Chemours opens $150m R&D facility

09 March 2020

Refrigerant manufacturer Chemours has officially opened its new $150m, 30,000m² state-of-the-art research and innovation facility at the University of Delaware. The new facility on the university’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus now houses more than 300 of the company’s top researchers and scientists and consolidates most of its fluoroproducts, chemical solutions and titanium …

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