EU Rejects Bans on HFCs

On Oct. 26, the European Parliament of the European Union (EU) rejected bans on use of HFC blowing agents in foams, refrigeration, and air conditioning.

On Oct. 26, the European Parliament of the European Union (EU) rejected bans on use of HFC blowing agents in foams, refrigeration, and air conditioning. This ruling reversed the unanimous recommendation of the EU Parliament Environment Committee to ban virtually all uses of HFCs within four years. Bans previously imposed by Denmark and Austria reportedly will be withdrawn. HFCs have been widely adopted by urethane foamers as an “ozone-friendly” alternative to HCFCs, which replaced ozone-damaging CFCs.

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