Despite a brief dip in carbon dioxide emissions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is still heading for a temperature rise in excess of 3°C this century, far beyond the universally recognised Paris Agreement target of 1.5°C.
Timely updates to outdated safety standards and building codes are essential to enable a safe transition from climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) to climate-friendly refrigerants. With global stock of household air-conditioners (ACs) expected to triple by 2050, continued use of HFCs in ACs is fueling the climate crisis.
This report summarises information from surveys and presents an analysis of customs and HFC Registry data, which supports claims from prominent industry stakeholders that large quantities of illegal HFC refrigerants are entering the EU market.
The global phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), starting in January 2019 under the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, could avoid 0.5°C of warming by 2100. By simultaneously improving the energy efficiency of cooling systems, this climate benefit could potentially be doubled
EIA and NRDC recommend the following guiding principles be considered by the Executive Committee as it formulates an approach to address energy efficiency and elaborates further on these recommendations in the following pages.