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Why Go Green

Air conditioners (such as ones in vehicles) can have refrigerants with polluting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).  HFCs are super-greenhouse gases (GHGs), some of which have global warming potentials (GWPs) thousands of times higher than carbon dioxide (which is also a refrigerant).  HFCs are produced and emitted in high volumes.  Project Drawdown listed refrigerants in the top 10 list of climate solutions.  Most polluting GHG emissions happened during maintenance and end-of-life of fridges and air conditioning.  


Prevent a lot of refrigerants from emitting pollution by safely recycling air conditioners in vehicles with Recology or US EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) partners. RAD partners go beyond federal requirements.


Criteria for Vehicles

Criteria for Required products:

A light-duty passenger vehicle requested for purchase or lease must be a zero-emission vehicle, which includes battery electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles. A light-duty truck or general passenger van requested for purchase must be a zero-emission vehicle.

Suggested criteria:

In 2020, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) and the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD) published contract language for climate-friendlier products.

Last updated

Last updated: 
March 21, 2014