La Chine se fixe des objectifs élevés de réduction des émissions de HFC

La Chine a annoncé un objectif de réduction de ses émissions de HFC s'élevant à 0,28 milliards de tonnes de CO2, soit l'équivalent des émissions annuelles de CO2 de l'Espagne. (en anglais)
China announced a short-term target for reducing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by the equivalent of 0.28 billion tonnes of CO2 by 2015 – similar to the annual CO2 emissions of Spain.

The announcement by the State Council on reduction of HFC emissions was included in the 2014-2015 Energy Conservation, Emissions Reduction and Low Carbon Development, released to the public on May 26, 2014. The Plan encourages reduction of HFC emissions through accelerated destruction of these gases and replacement with alternative refrigerants.

On June 3, 2014, during the 2014 International Conference on Engineering Science and Technology in Beijing, He Jiankun – chairman of China's advisory Committee on Climate Change – stressed that in the next five-year plan starting in 2016, China will set an absolute cap on its CO2 emissions.

While the details of the five-year plan and the emissions cap are still to be defined, the announcement might be a signal of altering Chinese climate policy: up until now, China had refused to consider an absolute cap on emissions.