September 2013

U.S., China and G-20 Countries Agree to Regulate HFCs

On Friday, key members of the international community agreed to regulate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)—considered to be the super greenhouse gas. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping had previously agreed to adopt the HFC guidelines put forth by the Montreal Protocol of 1987, but Friday’s announcement from the G20 represents more significant progress in the regulation of HFCs, as India, Brazil and Saudi Arabia—among other countries—are now officially onboard.

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How Do Buildings Contribute to Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

This edition of the Carbon Pollution, Climate Policy and the Built Environment blog series will focus on U.S. buildings. The generation of electricity is the largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the number one source of energy consumption for U.S. buildings. According to the Department of Energy’s buildings energy data book, U.S. buildings account for 39% of primary energy consumption and 72% of all electricity consumed domestically. Buildings accounted for more energy use than the entire U.S.

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A Billion Acts of Green: Reduce Your Ecological Footprint

Last month, we unveiled a brand new action for the world’s largest environmental service campaign, A Billion Acts of Green®. We asked our followers to pledge to Slay Vampire Energy by unplugging household appliances when they’re not being used. As it turns out, appliances continue to consume energy and add to your electricity bill even when they’re off, so we tried to encourage people to end this wasteful practice.

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