Environment & Energy Report

Deal Cutting Refrigerant Climate Gases Can Be Strengthened

Oct. 17, 2016, 10:15 PM

Negotiators from nearly 200 nations who reached a deal over the weekend to cut 80 percent of super-polluting hydrofluorocarbons by midcentury also agreed to periodically revisit whether to reduce climate emissions even more as new control technologies come online.

The global deal reached Oct. 15 targets consumption and production of HFCs used in air conditioning and refrigeration that, if left unchecked, would have an outsized impact on raising global temperatures.

All countries under the deal reached after a week of talks in Kigali, Rwanda, agreed to phase down HFCs. But the U.S. and other richer industrialized countries, many of which...

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