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Global Initiative Aims to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Including HFCs
Feb 23, 2012
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton this month announced a climate and clean air initiative to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, including HFCs, some of which have been widely used in appliances and HVAC/R applications.

The Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute said it "is still uncertain as to how this initiative will affect U.S. and global efforts to phase down the production of high GWP HFCs."

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants is a global initiative to achieve climate, health, food, and energy benefits by reducing short-lived climate pollutants. The coalition will focus efforts on reducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) - widely used in residential refrigerators/freezers - as well as black carbon and methane. Founding coalition partners are Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, Sweden, and the United States, along with the UN Environment Programme.

The coalition will attempt to treat these pollutants together, as a collective challenge. It intends to bolster the work of existing efforts like the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the Arctic Council, the Montreal Protocol, and the Global Methane Initiative (GMI).

The coalition intends to reduce short-lived climate pollutants by:
* driving the development of national action plans and the adoption of policy priorities
* building capacity among developing countries
* mobilizing public and private funds for action
* raising awareness globally
* fostering regional and international cooperation
* improving scientific understanding of the pollutant impacts and mitigation

The Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute participated in the briefing and said it will work closely with the Department of State and the EPA to ensure the U.S. HVAC/R industry "has a voice as this initiative is implemented."

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