Dubai pathway on HFCs: approaching the end of the road

About 150 nations are meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, from Oct. 10-14 to to agree a phase down of factory-made hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), industrial gases with a high global warming potential.

After the ICAO deal on international aviation emissions and the early entry into force of the Paris climate agreement, the HFC talks mark the third key step in global climate efforts this year.

The “Dubai pathway on hydrofluorocarbons” decision of November 2015 committed countries to find an agreement on cutting HFCs in 2016 under the 1987 Montreal Protocol, which succeeded in cutting the use of chlorofluorocarbons to help protect the ozone layer.

Here our reading suggestions on the recent history of the HFCs debate:

More than 100 countries call for ambitious HFC deal

Vienna talks lay the groundwork for reaching a HFCs deal in October

OEWG resumes discussions to phase out HFCs under the Montreal Protocol

Negotiation to phase-out HFC refrigerants under the Montreal Protocol kicks off in Geneva



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