ATMOsphere America 2015: Californian measures to reduce HFCs look to exceed those of the EU

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The regulations and standards session at this year’s ATMOsphere America provided updates to three key organisations’ recent work, as well as an exploration of California’s radical plans to reduce 80% of HFCs by 2030 and updates to the policies of the EU, Japan and China.

The policy and regulation session held on the 2nd day provided the opportunity for attendees to get a grasp of the change that is going to rip through the country. For some, this was seen as a potential challenge but for other stakeholders, such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB), it was seen as not enough with their own State-level policy looking to go beyond HFCs completely: an EU-like phasedown is expected to be announced in the next year, potentially exceeding developments in the EU and Japan.

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