Global HFC controls thwarted again

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

Moves to agree cuts to 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 that stances were softening, delegates agreed to discuss the issue informally this year whereas in 2011 all discussions on HFCs were vetoed (ENDS Report 443, p 51).

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