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Montreal Protocol on track to reach 2016 HFC Amendment

VIENNA – Parties to the Montreal Protocol made significant progress on agreeing to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in a series of back-to-back meetings in Vienna this week, raising expectations that a global agreement to address the super greenhouse gases can be adopted this year. Early in the meetings, the Parties agreed to language on finance, […]

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California Unveils Vital Plan for HFCs

Proposed strategy includes ban on sale of highest-GWP HFC refrigerants in 2020, would help meet state’s 2030 climate goalsSACRAMENTO—California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) released a proposed strategy this week aimed at curbing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, including hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). ARB estimates that the proposed measures on HFCs will mitigate 260 MMTCO2e by 2030, equivalent […]

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Governments Make Progress on Dubai Pathway towards HFC Amendment in 2016

GENEVA—Parties to the Montreal Protocol made concrete progress on HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) in an Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 37) meeting this week in Geneva, but the pace of negotiations remains frustratingly slow. Parties agreed to schedule additional intersessional work to move the negotiations forward before the next OEWG in July, raising hopes that an ambitious global […]

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EIA Response to EPA Proposal on Banning Additional HFCs Ahead of Montreal Protocol Meetings

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rulemaking to prohibit a number of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in many applications for stationary refrigeration, foam blowing, and fire suppression. This proposal, issued under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program, recommends a 2021 deadline for transitioning several refrigeration applications including domestic refrigerators, cold […]

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HFC Greenhouse Gases to be Controlled by the Montreal Protocol

DUBAI—In the early hours of November 6, the 27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol ended negotiations with a clear agreement to address the consumption and production of HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), but stopped short of a legal amendment to the Protocol to phase down the gases. “The Montreal Protocol has almost 30 years of […]

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Montreal Protocol Begins Formal Negotiations on HFCs

DUBAI — Today the world’s governments agreed to start formal negotiations to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), potent greenhouse gases used primarily in refrigeration and air-conditioning. At an extended preparatory meeting of the Montreal Protocol, Parties agreed a mandate for a contact group to begin deliberations at the 27th Meeting of the […]