Ministers from the eight Arctic States, including the U.S., called for for taking action “as soon as possible” to phase down hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol, as well as taking other actions to reduce black carbon and methane emissions in the Arctic. Noting that such actions “could slow global and Arctic climate change and have positive effects on health,” the ministers, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, echoed the growing international support for fast action to reduce these climate pollutants.
The Arctic Council includes Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, and the United States. Six other nations, including China, India, South Korea and Japan, were recently approved for observer status.
It is unclear if this will impact the upcoming Montreal Protocol voting on an HFC phaseout, but it does reinforce commitments from the U.S. and other countries to take action on HFCs, whether unilaterally or through multilateral action. Under any scenario, HFC production will not be phased out for decades, and it will be critical in the meantime to contain these emissions of these and other refrigerants through responsible, economic-driven management. Read the story here: