The Biden administration plans to reduce the United States' use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by almost half starting in 2024.

HFCs are greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigeration and air-conditioning, but they contribute to global warming.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new rule aiming to cut HFC consumption in the United States by 40% between 2024 and 2028. 

This reduction builds upon the 10% drop in HFC consumption achieved in 2022 under the bipartisan 2020 American Innovation and Manufacturing Act. 

The goal is to reduce the production and consumption of HFCs by 85% by 2036, preventing a 0.5 degree Celsius increase in global temperature by the next century. 

The EPA's final rule is part of the administration's broader efforts to address climate change and meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement. 

The focus is on transitioning to sustainable alternatives for cooling and air-conditioning, which can effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

Reducing HFC emissions will contribute to mitigating global warming and protecting the planet for future generations.

By taking decisive action on HFC reduction, the United States is establishing itself as a leader in environmental stewardship and promoting innovation in clean energy solutions.

The shift to sustainable alternatives can also enhance energy efficiency, saving on energy costs for businesses and households.