Ozone-eat­ing chem­i­cal to be banned on Jan 1

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China will ban a chem­i­cal foam­ing agent, used to make polyurethane in­su­la­tion, that can de­plete Earth’s ozone layer. Af­fected en­ter­prises are asked to switch to low-car­bon and more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly re­place­ments, the coun­try’s top en­vi­ron­men­tal watch­dog an­nounced on Oct 24. Start­ing Jan 1, man­u­fac­tur­ers of re­frig­er­a­tors, re­frig­er­ated con­tain­ers and elec­tric water heaters will no longer be able to use foam in­su­la­tion made with the chem­i­cal — known as HCFC-141b — ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Min­istry of Ecol­ogy and En­vi­ron­ment. China be­gan to weed out HCFCs, a cat­e­gory of ozonede­plet­ing sub­stances, in the polyurethane foam in­dus­try in 2011, shift­ing to lower-car­bon and more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly al­ter­na­tives.

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