Statement from The Nature Conservancy on the Phase Out of Hydrofluorocarbons

Albany, NY

Today New York State announced the phasing out hydrofluorocarbons—a dangerous greenhouse gas pollutant—in new consumer products, equipment and retrofits beginning 2020. The Nature Conservancy in New York issued the following statement from Stuart F. Gruskin, Chief Conservation and External Affairs Officer:

“Climate change is one of the greatest threats of our time and a reality that we cannot afford to ignore. At a moment when the federal government continues to roll back critical environmental protections, states must take the lead. Phasing out the use of hydrofluorocarbons in New York takes dangerous pollutants off the market, furthering the state’s mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. The Nature Conservancy in New York applauds this important and bold move and urges other states to join New York, California, and Canada on taking action.” 

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