The global community is getting stricter on greenhouse gas emissions and tougher rules will have ramifications on many industries, including hospitality.
Earlier this week, in Kigali, Rwanda, more than 170 countries reached a legally binding agreement to contest climate change by curbing the worldwide use of a planet-warming chemicals used in such everyday appliances as air-conditioners and refrigerators. Unlike the Paris Agreement, the world’s first comprehensive climate agreement, drafted last year, the Kigali deal, an amendment to the Montreal Protocol, is more singular in scope: stamp out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, used in air-conditioners and refrigerators. And while the Paris Agreement is voluntary with no binding enforcement, the Kigali deal is mandatory.
“The new HFC refrigerant mandates are going to drive exciting innovation throughout the HVAC and refrigeration industries,” shared Douglas Reinke, Bluon Energy President & CEO. “Right now there are no HVAC options other than HFCs and in refrigeration there are HFOs (hydrofluoroolefins, which can be used as refrigerants with low global-warming potential) and natural refrigerants.”
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