Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

July 2015

Nations Closing in on Control of Super Greenhouse Gas

July 24, 2015

As midnight approached, the Parties to the Montreal Protocol took the unusual step of suspending, rather than adjourning, their Working Group meeting, to ensure they would be able to finalize terms for negotiating the final agreement to phasedown the refrigerants known as HFCs, before treaty’s annual meeting in Dubai 1 to 5 November. read more


Improving Air Conditioner Efficiency Could Avoid Up To 100 Billion Tonnes of CO2

July 20, 2015

Improving the energy efficiency of room air conditioners to the level of efficient units already on the market can provide climate mitigation up to 100 billion tonnes of CO2 by 2050, a substantial part of the mitigation needed to keep the planet from warming more than 2°C above pre-Industrial levels. read more


Cutting Soot, HFC Refrigerants, Other Short-Lived Pollutants Provides Political Opportunity

July 9, 2015

Fast cuts to short-lived climate pollutants will provide both short-term climate mitigation as well as the political confidence necessary for a broader international climate deal in Paris in December, according to a Nature Climate Change commentary to be published 13 July. read more


New Climate Economy Report Calls for Phase Down of HFCs Under Montreal Protocol

July 7, 2015

Phasing down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol is one of the top ten strategies for keeping the climate from warming less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels while also promoting strong economic growth and development, according to the New Climate Economy report released today. read more


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