Use Green Technology to Reduce Air Conditioner Pollutants

Air Conditioner by MASA

Target: Takeshi Ebisu, CEO of Goodman Manufacturing

Goal: Reduce hydrofluorocarbons through use of energy efficient air conditioning technology.

A recent environmental conference, the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), was held in San Francisco to discover new ways of exploring green technology. Conferences like this one are important to a variety of industries that release harmful greenhouse gases. Key among these industries is the air conditioning industry, which produces destructive hydrofluorocarbons and carbon dioxide. The number of air conditioners worldwide is predicted to jump from 900 million to 1.6 billion by 2030. This means that the amount of greenhouse gases air conditioners produce will also increase dramatically. Tell air conditioning companies like Goodman Manufacturing to take advantage of the green technology discussed at the CEM.

Hydrofluorocarbons are a key accelerant of global climate change. They have a global warming potential thousands of times greater than that of carbon dioxide. In addition, they can remain in the atmosphere for up to 270 years. However, despite the effects these gases are having on global warming, production of them isn’t slowing down; it’s speeding up. Between 1990 and 2014, emissions of hydrofluorocarbons in the U.S. have swelled by 77 percent.

However, there have been efforts to slow this rapid increase such as the CEM. Issues and technologies addressed by the CEM include appliance efficiency, building and industry efficiency, energy access, and carbon capture use. Air conditioners also contribute to increased carbon dioxide, so discussions on carbon capture would be helpful to the industry. The U.S. has air conditioning in two-thirds of its homes and releases 100 million tons of carbon dioxide each year.

If we are to reduce hydrofluorocarbons, carbon dioxide, and other pollutants, conferences like the CEM must be taken advantage of. Urge Goodman Manufacturing not to let this opportunity pass by.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Ebisu,

Goodman Manufacturing must take full advantage of the green energy solutions discussed at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). This environmental conference covers a variety of innovative technology, including appliance efficiency and carbon capture. As a leader in the air conditioning field, this conference is important for you. Air conditioning produces hydrofluorocarbons and carbon dioxide, both harmful greenhouse gases. Use this opportunity to mitigate this production and show customers you care about the environment.

The hydrofluorocarbons created by air conditioners are serious contributors to global warming. Hydrofluorocarbons have a global warming potential thousands of times greater than that of carbon dioxide. In addition, the number of air conditioners worldwide is predicted to increase from 900 million to 1.6 billion by 2030. As air conditioners increase, so do hydrofluorocarbons.

Your company has already demonstrated its ecological commitment by obtaining ISO 14000 certification, showing that you have achieved certain environmental management standards. Continue this commitment by utilizing the CEM to the greatest extent possible.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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