Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Watch: #RatifyKigali

November 17, 2017

In the run up to the Montreal Protocol’s 30th anniversary Meeting of the Parties in Montreal next week, Sweden became the 20th Party to deposit its instrument of ratification to the Kigali Amendment, which ensures that the amendment will enter into force 1 January 2019. The amendment will eliminate warming from HFCs —one of the six main greenhouse gases. Many other Parties are poised to complete their own ratification shortly.

The Kigali Amendment was agreed at last year’s Meeting of Parties in Kigali, Rwanda, and will avoid the equivalent of up to 90 billion tons of CO2 by 2050, and up to 0.5°C of warming by 2100, making it perhaps the single most significant contribution to keeping warming well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, aiming for the still safer 1.5°C.

The HFC phasedown will also catalyze improvement of the energy efficiency of air conditioners, refrigerators, and other products and equipment that use HFCs as refrigerants.  This will avoid significant CO2 emissions from the power plants that provide the electricity to run these products and equipment, equal to the production from nearly 1,600 medium-sized (500 MW) peak-load power plants by 2030, and up to 2,500 power plants by 2050.

“With the wolf of climate impacts at our door, time for our counter-offensive is short. Despite important actions at local, state and national levels, ultimately the battle for climate protection will be won or lost at the international level. The 30 years of success of the Montreal Protocol should inspire us to take still stronger actions, and  learn from the brilliant treaty that has saved our bacon for the past 30 years….” 

– Durwood Zaelke, President of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development.

PS: Trinidad & Tobago just became the 21st Party, with more on the way.