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US secretary of state John Kerry in Kigali. Photo: US Department of State/Flickr

Kigali deal on HFCs is big step in fighting climate change

They went to Kigali to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and take 0.5C out of future global warming, and the 170 countries that successfully negotiated an amendment to the Montreal protocol treaty agreed to get rid of 90% of them. Not bad for four days and three long nights of hard work.

Worldwide power consumption for air conditioning is forecast to surge 33-fold by 2100

World set to use more energy for cooling than heating

The world faces a looming and potentially calamitous "cold crunch", with demand for air conditioning and refrigeration growing so fast that it threatens to smash pledges and targets for global warming.

Replacing inefficient air conditioning units around the world could prevent billions of tonnes of CO2

Improving air conditioner efficiency could reduce global warming, report finds

Improving the energy efficiency of air conditioners could save up to 100 billion tonnes of CO2 by 2050, according to new research from the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD).

The journal argues cutting short-term pollutants is vital to boosting support for further climate change initiatives

Report: Kill short-lived pollutants to curb climate change

Global governments must work together to cut short-lived climate pollutants as well as tackling long-lived CO2 emissions, according to a report published in the journal Nature Climate Change published today (13 July).

Without action HFC output could double by 2020 and triple by 2030.

White House announces green energy boost, cracks down on HFCs

The Obama administration has unveiled a series of public and private sector commitments to advance solar deployment, promote energy efficiency and reduce emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) throughout the US.

The CO2 refrigerated unit trial is part of the retailer's review of its transport refrigeration gas and work to reduce its carbon footprint,

Sainsbury's speeds up HFC committment with world's first naturally refrigerated trailer

Sainsbury's is trialling the world's first naturally refrigerated trailer to transport chilled and frozen goods which could accelerate its commitment to phasing out Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

The Olympic Stadium relies on HFC-based equipment

Natural refrigerants needed throughout Olympic venues to cut emissions

The Olympic Games could significantly improve on greenhouse gas emissions if all venues at the event used natural refrigerants over climate affecting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Tesco's target to roll-out 150 HFC-free stores has been disrupted by technology issues

Tesco falls behind on climate-friendly refrigerant target

Tesco has fallen behind in its efforts to make 150 stores in the UK Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) free by 2012, according to a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

Sainsbury's switch to CO2 refrigeration to cut carbon

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's drive to cut its carbon footprint by 30% by 2020, against a 2005 baseline, is well underway as it switches its 100th store to CO2 refrigeration.

The company has improved efficiency of power use in its bottling operations and transportation

Coca-Cola Hellenic scores A+ for effort

The Athens-based Coca-Cola Hellenic makes its debut Leaders appearance thanks to its rigorous reporting and CSR activities across the 28 countries in which it operates. It is the first European food and beverage company to reach an 'A+' rating according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for its CSR report.

Climate-friendly cooling in the pipeline

Air conditioning in buildings and trains could soon get greener, as the Government teams up with business to fund an "eco-air con" R&D scheme.

Traditional office dressing habits are proving difficult to budge

Japanese workers still reluctant to dress cool for the planet

Japan's office workers are being asked to dress down and turn their thermostats up a notch in a government-led attempt to cut carbon emissions from air conditioning this summer.

EU and US to cooperate in curbing car air conditioning emissions

Europe and America are to harmonise testing and engineering standards to curb emissions of greenhouse gases from car mobile air conditioning (MAC) systems, the European Commission announced today.

Fridges throw spanner in WEEE works

The demanufacturing industry is calling on the EU to rewrite the rules for WEEE, claiming they need to clearly explain what should happen to the CFCs contained in end-of-life fridges and freezers. The RAL Quality Assurance Association for Demanufacture of Refrigeration Equipment Containg CFCs argues its case.

The green vote

So just how green are the main political parties? In this election special, Claire Monkhouse finds out

Plan of action

Both the Conservatives and Labour parties seem to be seizing the environmental agenda. Peter McCrum talks to shadow environment minister Richard Ottaway

Signed, sealed and delivering

Insulation product manufacturer, Rockwool, is demonstrating environmental innovation at every stage of the manufacturing process, with tangible results.

Eco-friendly refrigerants tested to replace HFCs

Researchers at the University Jaume I, in Castellon, Spain, assessing the performance of a variety of so called 'environmentally friendly' refrigerants have found the new gases behave in much the same way as those they are designed to replace.

Suppliers should work hard to produce HFC-free fridges, say big business

Industry and environmentalists promote HFC free refrigerants

Corporate and government commitments to develop HFC-free refrigerant technologies were called for in a unique conference, which saw corporate giants and environmental groups on the same side of the fence.

New collaboration could give Scotland a million pound hydrogen industry

Industry specialists and academics have come together to try to make the hydrogen industry in Scotland a multi-million pound business. The Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA) hopes to utilise the country’s fuel cell and hydrogen potential, with aims for it to accelerate similarly to the way the wind and tidal power energies have done in Scotland.

Fire extinguishers are one of many products which would have to remove fluorinated gases

Commission proposes reductions in fluorinated greenhouse gases

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for regulations to reduce emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases by approximately 25% by 2010 as a further step towards fulfilling EU obligations under the Kyoto Protocol.

European greenhouse gas emissions are on the rise (courtesy NREL)

European greenhouse gas emissions rise for second consecutive year

The EU is currently moving backwards, away from its 2008-2012 target of reducing the six main greenhouse gases by 8% on 1990 levels, with its second consecutive year of increases in emissions of the gases, according to the European Environment Agency’s latest greenhouse gas inventory. The good news is that the share of emissions from industrial processes and waste have decreased considerably.

1990s ended with US surge in greenhouse gas emissions

US greenhouse gas emissions increased at a faster rate during 1999-2000 than the average annual rate throughout the 1990s, according to the latest official US figures under the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Stabilising EU emissions of fluorinated GHG could be a low-cost option

A study into the costs of stabilising and reducing emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases (GHGs) has concluded that emissions could be stabilised at 1995 for as little as euros 5 per tonne (of CO2 equivalent).

ICI hits back at UK Government's anti HFC-stance

The UK air conditioning industry has been thrown into confusion following what appears to be a Government u-turn on the long-term acceptability of HFC refrigerants.

DETR publishes greenhouse gas reduction report

The UK's Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions has published a report containing up-to-date information on current and likely future emissions of three greenhouse gases

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