Are we any closer to curbing HFCs under the Montreal Protocol?

By Klara Skačanová, Sep 09, 2013, 14:14 2 minute reading

Last week saw a major move towards a global phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) through the Montreal Protocol. G20 leaders released a statement endorsing such an initiative, and both China and the US reconfirmed their commitment to collaborate on curbing HFCs. CCAC also voiced their support for international action on HFCs under the Montreal Protocol and agreed to take domestic action to encourage climate-friendly alternatives.

G20 participants support global phase-down of HFCs

During the meeting of the 20 major economies on 6 September 2013 in St Petersburg, Russia, the participating countries expressed their support for complementary initiatives to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs through multilateral approaches that include using the expertise and the institutions of the Montreal Protocol. At the same time, the leaders agreed that HFCs would continue to be included within the scope of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol for accounting and reporting of emissions.

The statement was backed by a number of countries, including: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union, as well as Ethiopia, Spain, Senegal, Brunei, Kazakhstan, and Singapore.

US & China agree to set up formal discussions on curbing HFCs under Montreal Protocol

Reasserting their agreement to work together on phasing down the production and consumption of HFCs by using the expertise from, and the institutions of, the Montreal Protocol, President Obama and President Xi in their bilateral meeting agreed to take a next step by establishing a contact group under the Montreal Protocol. The aim of this formal group will be to consider and discuss issues related to cost-effectiveness, financial and technology support, safety, environmental benefits, and an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down HFCs.

CCAC pledges to step up action on HFCs domestically and internationally

Prior to the G20 statement, the High-Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), had already agreed to work toward a phase-down in the production and consumption of HFCs under the Montreal Protocol at its meeting on 3 September 2013 in Oslo, Norway. In the communiqué released after the meeting, the 34 CCAC partner countries also agreed to “adopt domestic approaches to encourage climate-friendly HFC alternative technologies”.

In addition, the Coalition’s partner countries have pledged to “work with international standards organizations to revise their standards to include climate-friendly HFC alternatives”.


By Klara Skačanová

Sep 09, 2013, 14:14

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