Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development


Opinion: We want to cut global warming in half starting on Earth Day

February 18, 2021

Reining in carbon dioxide emissions is critical. But we must act to remove super pollutants today or decarbonization won’t be enough. This should start with a 10-year sprint to cut super pollutants as part of our renewed commitment to the Paris Agreement at the president’s Climate Leaders Summit on Earth Day in April. read more


IGSD, Clean Air Task Force, other NGOs call on President Biden to take fast action to cut super climate pollutants

January 29, 2021

In addition to putting super pollutants on the agenda of President Biden’s 22 April climate summit, the NGO letter urges the Administration “to make mitigation of super pollutants a priority in all of the international consultations and negotiations that will take place this year”, including COP 26 in Glasgow and the Arctic Council ministerial. read more


Only fast action can curb planetary heating in time

January 29, 2021

Curbing CO2 emissions gets most of the attention and getting to net zero emissions by midcentury is essential in the long run to abate climate change. But that’s not enough. To bend the warming curve, we must drastically reduce the less appreciated short-lived “super-pollutants”. read more


Pandemic Relief Bill Mandates HFC Phasedown in Compliance with Montreal Protocol’s Kigali Amendment

January 8, 2021

In a huge win for the environment and American businesses, the Consolidated Appropriations Act that was signed into law on 27 December 2020 phases down potent greenhouse gases HFCs. Reducing HFC refrigerants could avoid up to 0.5°C of future warming. Climate benefits could double with parallel improvements in energy efficiency of cooling equipment. read more


K. Madhava Sarma & K. Ramalakshmi Montreal Protocol Science Champion Award

December 9, 2020

The award is designed to promote science-based investigations to strengthen the Montreal Protocol. Award recipient will receive a US$5,000 research stipend plus sponsorship of air travel and expenses to attend one of the week-long meetings of the Montreal Protocol where the findings of the sponsored work will be presented in a side event. Nomination Deadline: 15 January 2021. read more


As Special Envoy for Climate, John Kerry Will Be No Stranger to International Climate Negotiations

November 25, 2020

Two weeks before President Trump was elected President in November 2016, then Secretary of State John Kerry held court in a hotel room in Kigali, Rwanda, to help secure one of the most important and little-known international climate agreements in history. By Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News. read more


Durwood Zaelke and IGSD hail John Kerry’s climate appointment to National Security Council by President-elect Joe Biden

November 23, 2020

John Kerry not only was instrumental in delivering the Paris Agreement, he also was key for winning the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFC refrigerants and avoid up to 0.5°C of warming—the single biggest bite yet taken out of the climate problem. read more


MOP32 Side Event: Environmentally Harmful Dumping- Latest Analysis and Tools to Stop Dumping

November 23, 2020

In partnership with the Government of Ghana and CLASP, IGSD presented the latest analysis of the dumping of new and used refrigeration and AC appliances in Africa that use obsolete ozone-depleting and greenhouse gas refrigerants and waste precious money needed for health, education, and welfare. read more


WEBINAR: Climate Friendly Refrigerants- The role of procurement

November 13, 2020

Join us on 18 November 2020 to learn about the importance of taking action to address the climate impacts of refrigerants & explore a new toolkit available to support purchasers. Register here. read more


NRP: Remembering Mario Molina

November 2, 2020

One of the scientists who discovered how CFC chemicals deplete the ozone layer passed away on October 7, 2020. Mario Molina shared a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery, which led to the historic worldwide ban on CFCs under the Montreal Protocol. In later life, Molina also fought to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change. NPR Living on Earth’s Paloma Beltran has the story. read more


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