Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development


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


The Time Bomb at the Top of the World

October 20, 2020

The Arctic plays a key stabilizing role for the global climate. If we lose it, we risk climate chaos. To save what’s left requires more than just reducing CO2. We need to immediately cut super pollutants which can provides fast benefits. Op- Ed by Mario Molina & Durwood Zaelke, Project Syndicate read more


Procurement Recommendations for Climate Friendly Refrigerants

October 1, 2020

Are you ready to take action on avoiding obsolete HFC refrigerants that will be phased down globally under the Montreal Protocol and that are prohibited under various state laws? Use our toolkit! read more


How Addressing the Debt Crisis Can Help Avert the Climate Crises and Stabilize Global Economies

August 11, 2020

Much of the world is awash in unsustainable public and private debt, made significantly worse by the COVID-19 crisis. Efforts to relieve the debt crisis provide opportunities to advance climate protection, health, and economic goals together, specifically through debt-for-climate swaps, building on the success of debt-for-nature swaps. read more


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