Montreal Protocol Celebrates 25th Anniversary, as Global HFC Initiatives Continue
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September marked the 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, celebrated worldwide at events sponsored by the U.N. Ozone Secretariat and The World Bank. The Parties met again in November in Geneva, debating for the 4th year running whether to amend the Protocol to establish a global phase-out of HFCs. The U.S. proposal, now with support from over 80 nations, is similar to the successful approach on ODS. Lack of consensus was expected, again with pushback from China, India and Brazil. While debate on HFC production continues, individual countries — and now prominent businesses — are taking proactive policy positions to promote “next generation” refrigeration technologies:
The nations of the G8 coalition, along with 10 other countries, have pledged action on HFCs along with black carbon and methane, so-called short-lived climate pollutants.
The European Union will soon end use of HFCs for new cars and trucks; the industry is looking at both CO2 and a new refrigerant, HFO-1234yf, that has extremely low GWP.
Australia has proposed a significant tax on HFCs as part of their climate change law.
U.S. EPA’s SNAP program has approved several low and zero-GWP refrigerants for use in automotive A/C, household refrigerators, vending machines and grocery cases; other important voluntary initiatives — GreenChill and RAD – are promoting best practices and low GWP technologies in supermarkets, and proper end-of-life disposal of household appliances.
The state of California has established aggressive regulations for leak monitoring and repair of stationary refrigeration and A/C equipment that use ODS and HFC refrigerants.
Over 400 companies comprising the Consumer Goods Forum, with combined revenue over $3 trillion and 10 million employees, have committed to begin phasing out HFC refrigerants for new appliances and large refrigeration installations.
We expect continued focus on HFCs and on improving how all refrigerants are managed.
Full reports on the 25th meeting of the Montreal Protocol Parties available here.