Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development


EPA Finalizes Rule on Safer HFC Alternatives Under SNAP Program

July 2, 2015

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took strong action today to ban and otherwise restrict the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in refrigeration, air conditioning, and foam and aerosol products. read more


U.S. and Brazil Agree to Phase Down HFCs under Montreal Protocol

June 30, 2015

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and President Barack Obama agreed today to work together to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs under the Montreal Protocol. read more


U.S. Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Will Save Tens of Thousands of Lives, Hundreds of Billions of Dollars

June 23, 2015

The U.S. must curb greenhouse gas emissions, including short-lived climate pollutants, in order to avoid “serious physical and economic risks of unmitigated climate change,” according to a report released today by the White House and the EPA. read more


Pope Calls for Fast Action on Climate Change to Aid Poor and Vulnerable

June 18, 2015

The Pope’s efforts to protect climate and the environment, especially for the world’s most poor and vulnerable peoples, depends on the success of urgent action including reduction of both short-lived climate pollutants and long-lived CO2 emissions. read more


G7 Urges Phase Down of HFCs under Montreal Protocol This Year

June 8, 2015

The Group of Seven leaders agreed today to “continue our efforts to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and call on all Parties to the Montreal Protocol to negotiate an amendment this year to phase down HFCs and on donors to assist developing countries in its implementation.” read more


Cutting Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Best for Reducing Near-Term Warming, Impacts

May 28, 2015

New study released by Oxford University today reaffirms that cutting short-lived climate pollutants may “be a more cost-effective way to limit the rate of climate change over the coming decades to ensure that ecosystems, food production and the economy can adapt, which also has a role in avoiding dangerous climate change” in the long-term. read more


Fast action on HFCs, other short-lived climate pollutants can cut the rate of global warming in half

May 21, 2015

A five-year strategic framework adopted today by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition will scale up fast mitigation by cutting short-lived climate pollutants, in an effort to help keep global warming to less than 2°C above pre-Industrial levels. read more


Island States Urge Fast Climate Mitigation Under Montreal Protocol

May 1, 2015

Today eight Pacific Island States submitted a formal proposal to amend the Montreal Protocol Ozone Treaty to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the manmade greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners. read more


Africa Demands Cuts in Climate-Damaging Refrigerants

April 24, 2015

Parties to the Montreal Protocol agreed today to inter-sessional meetings to ensure a path to finalizing an amendment this November to cut HFCs. read more


India Takes Lead on Key Climate Strategy

April 16, 2015

Today India made a formal proposal to amend the Montreal Protocol to phase down the super greenhouse gas, HFCs, reversing several years of opposition that only began to thaw after the election of Prime Minister Modi. read more


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