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ACC Welcomes EPA Proposal to Cut HFCS

Jennifer Scott

WASHINGTON (May 3, 2021) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to reduce the production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 85% over the next 15 years.

“We welcome EPA’s plan to phase down the production and use of HFCs. The proposal will sharply reduce a sizable source of greenhouse gas emissions while creating new manufacturing jobs and growing our nation’s share of the global market for air-conditioning, and refrigeration products. U.S. companies have developed effective alternatives to HFCs for essential air conditioning and refrigeration technology.

“ACC endorsed the bipartisan American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act enacted as part of the FY 2021 spending bill. Restricting the production and use of HFCs is a smart way to advance climate progress and an important part of a broad national climate strategy.

“As a next step, we urge the Biden Administration to submit the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to the U.S. Senate for ratification.”

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the multibillion-dollar business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products, technologies and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health, safety and security performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy addressing major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. ACC members and chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development, and are advancing products, processes and technologies to address climate change, enhance air and water quality, and progress toward a more sustainable, circular economy.

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