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Alternatives prompt demand for ban on potent greenhouse gasses

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Thursday, 05 July 2012

Alternatives prompt demand for ban on potent greenhouse gasses

According to an article by EurActiv, six NGOs are calling for the European Commission to propose a ban on some uses of the most potent greenhouse gas known to humankind, sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), after a new report found that existing alternative technologies were no more expensive.
SF6, which is used in power line switchgears, is a fluorinated gas (aka F-gas) that is 22, 800 times more potent than carbon dioxide, and has an atmospheric lifespan of 3,000 years. “A ban on SF6 use in medium volt switchgear is a no-brainer, like the switch away from old fashioned light bulbs,” said Ton Sledsens, a spokesman for Natuur and Milieu, the Dutch NGO which commissioned the report.
“It would prevent the use of a chemical with a gigantic climate effect, and SF6-free alternatives have the same price and are already widely sold by all producers.”
The report by the Dutch consultancy firm CE Delft finds no evidence that using air or solid insulation materials is more expensive, in contrast to an EU impact assessment by the Öko-Recherche institute last year.

Source: EurActiv