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European Parliament approves measures to ban F-gases

10:36 AM MDT | March 13, 2014 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Parliament has approved draft rules that would lead to a ban on the use of climate-unfriendly fluorinated gases in air-conditioners and refrigerators by 2020–2025. The rules had been agreed earlier with EU ministers. The objective is to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) greenhouse gases (GHG) by 79% by 2030, the parliament says. The new draft legislation is aimed at several fluorinated gases (F-gases) that are regarded as harmful to the environment. The F-gases can have an atmospheric warming effect that is up to 23,000 times...

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