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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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