The U.S. Climate Alliance has made substantial progress toward the implementation of its commitment to uphold its share the Paris Agreement. Sixteen states and Puerto Rico continue to be on track to collectively meet their share of the U.S. climate target to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.
The UN Economic Commission for Europe has estimated that, by 2050, the world’s population will reach about 9 billion — 70 percent will live in cities, which equates to adding 235 cities the size of Paris. This, combined with rising global temperatures, will result in a boom in demand for cooling devices, such as air conditioners and refrigerators, and a corresponding surge in energy demand, which will create additional impacts on the climate.
During his campaign, Trump made it clear that his intentions were to reduce regulations and withdraw from the Paris agreement. His decision to withdraw is typical politics — either you agree, you disagree, or you agree to disagree.
According to Secretary Rick Perry, in a statement released June 1, 2017, “Today, the president announced that the U.S. will no longer be bound by an agreement unilaterally entered into by the Obama administration. This was neither submitted to nor ratified by the U.S. Senate and is not in the best long term economic interest of the U.S. President Trump’s decision will prove to be the right course of action and one I fully support.
On June 1, President Donald Trump followed through on his campaign promise to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord, an international agreement struck last year that calls for long-term worldwide actions to cut carbon emissions and reduce the threat of climate change.
In October 2014, the EPA announced its final phasedown schedule regarding the production and importation of HCFC-22. The order called for an immediate drop from 51 million pounds allowed in 2014 to 22 million pounds in 2015, 18 million pounds in 2016, 13 million pounds in 2017, 9 million pounds in 2018, and 4 million pounds in 2019. No new or imported R-22 will be allowed in the U.S. on or after Jan. 1, 2020.
In this issue, we cover ductless products for the commercial market. We also look at alternative refrigerants and trends in R-22 reclamation. Other topics include a summer forecast, business franchises, and more.
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