Senator Lara Launches Push to Pass the California Cooling Act and Reduce Super-Pollutants from Refrigerants

August 01, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – With just a month left in the legislative session, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) launched a final push for passage of the California Cooling Act, Senate Bill 1013.

The California Cooling Act provides financial incentives and preserves deadlines that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established in 2016 for businesses to transition to alternative refrigerant chemicals.

SB 1013 passed the Senate and is awaiting a hearing in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The Legislative deadline to pass bills to the governor is August 31.

SB 1013 would encourage alternatives to hydro-fluorocarbons, or HFCs, a common refrigerant that is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in California. HFCs are thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Senator Lara introduced SB 1013 at the U.N. Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany, after the District of Columbia Court of Appeals overturned the rules in 2017.

Today Senator Lara toured an innovative cold storage facility at the Port of Long Beach operated by Lineage Logistics, the second largest industrial refrigerated company in the U.S.

“Old refrigeration technology will keep polluting our air for decades unless we take action for cleaner alternatives now,” said Senator Ricardo Lara. “Super-polluting HFCs are a ticking time bomb in our atmosphere, and the California Cooling Act keeps us on track for a 40% reduction by 2030. The outpouring of support from environmental groups and refrigerant manufacturers shows we are headed in the right direction.”

Sen. Lara wrote the landmark Super Pollutant Reduction Act (SB 1383) in 2016, which committed the state to a 40% reduction of HFC emissions by 2030.

Senator Lara gave the keynote address at the ATMOsphere America conference in Long Beach in June showcasing the growing industry to replace HFCs.

The California Cooling Act has support from public health and environmental groups including the American Lung Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, and more than 15 major refrigeration manufacturers including Honeywell, Bosch, GE, LG, Electrolux and Whirlpool.