HCFC phase-out favours climate-friendly options

Climate-friendly replacements for ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons will be favoured under new guidelines for spending Montreal Protocol funds. The agreement has raised hopes for progress on cutting greenhouse hydrofluorocarbons

Guidelines for allocating funds supporting the phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) have been agreed, boosting prospects for further greenhouse gas savings under the Montreal Protocol.

The new rules were agreed at a meeting of the Protocol’s financial mechanism, the Multilateral Fund. They mean that HCFC replacements with a low global warming potential (GWP) will receive up to 25% more cash than high-GWP alternatives.

The Montreal Protocol on ozone-depleting substances has been credited with delivering greater climate benefits than the Kyoto Protocol because of action on ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and replacement HCFCs. Both are powerful greenhouse gases.

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