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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


Improving India’s Room Air Conditioners Provides Powerful Climate Protection

April 7, 2015

Switching to refrigerants with lower global warming potential (GWP) could reduce energy consumption by India’s residential air conditioning sector by 15%, boost the country’s economy, and help India meet its energy security and climate goals. read more


U.S. Targets HFCs Ahead of UN Climate Negotiations

March 31, 2015

The U.S. announced this morning that reduction of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), including hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and methane, are a significant part of its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) to climate safety read more


Mexico Commits to Unconditional Reduction of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

March 30, 2015

Mexico made an unconditional pledge to reduce black carbon soot (BC) and other short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to climate protection read more


African Countries Endorse HFC Phase Down Under Montreal Protocol

March 6, 2015

The 54 countries of Africa, meeting in Cairo at the 15th session of African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, urged all member States to use the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and use of HFCs read more


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