Global HFC controls thwarted again

Delegates once again failed to agree international controls on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol

Moves to agree reductions in the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol on ozone depleting substances have been thwarted for the fourth year running.

Controls are supported by more than half of the 197 parties including the US, Canada, EU and Mexico. India is leading the opposition with backing from China, Brazil and South Africa.

In a sign of softening stances delegates agreed to discuss the issue informally this year whereas in 2011 all discussions on HFCs were vetoed (ENDS Report, December 2011).

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