Countries fail to agree global HFC phase-down

Parties to the Montreal Protocol failed to agree to begin a global phase down, despite recent support for action from the G20 nations

Government delegates meeting in Bangkok during 21-25 October agreed to assess the costs and benefits of a global phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol on ozone depleting substances. But a phase-down itself was not approved.

Clare Perry of campaigning group EIA, who attended the meeting, said the agreement was a positive step likely to ease developing countries’ concerns about the lack of financial commitments to tackle the potent greenhouse gases.

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