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EU parliament proposes ban on fluorinated gases

6:25 AM MDT | June 21, 2013

The European Parliament says its environment committee has proposed a ban on fluorinated gases in refrigerators, air conditioners, and heat pumps. The plan proposes to phase out completely the use of fluorinated gases in the European Union between 2015 and 2020 “in sectors where energy-efficient and cost-effective alternatives are available,” the parliament says. A committee rapporteur has been mandated to open talks on the issue with EU member states. Use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), 1 of 3 types of fluorinated gas, should be reduced to 16% of current...

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