Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy Applauds International Cooperation to Manage HFCs and Achieve an HFC Amendment under the Montreal Protocol

May 4, 2016

The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy in April 2016 commended progress made by governments working to complete an international agreement to phase down hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) consumption as part of the Montreal Protocol treaty.

The Parties to the Montreal Protocol completed one week of preparatory negotiations in Geneva in advance of additional sessions in Vienna in July and October this year. The Parties made substantive progress toward a temporary exemption from reduction schedules for countries with high ambient temperature conditions and on funding for developing countries to implement the provisions of an HFC amendment. Since last year, the Parties have agreed to work towards an amendment to the Montreal Protocol in 2016 to manage HFC. to promote a transition to alternative products that reduce climate impacts.

“It will be critical for the remaining negotiating sessions this year to be inclusive of all Parties and for discussions to be based on a clear assessment of the state of our industry’s development of next generation, low global warming potential products and technologies which support a healthy climate and ozone layer,” added Kevin Fay, the Executive Director of the Alliance.

HFCs were introduced to achieve a rapid phaseout of ozone depleting substances and are used widely in air conditioners, refrigerators, foam insulation, technical aerosols, fire protection systems and other critical uses. The demand for these technologies continues to grow due to expansion of developing countries’ economies and the added health, safety, comfort and productivity benefits these technologies provide.

The Montreal Protocol treaty, signed in 1987, is considered one of the most effective multilateral environment treaties ever negotiated and the only treaty in the United Nations system to which every country is a signatory. The Protocol’s success has been a result of its reliance on sound scientific reviews, ongoing technology assessments and a funding mechanism to assist developing countries.

The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy is an industry coalition organized to address the issue of stratospheric ozone depletion and the production and use of fluorocarbon compounds. It is the leading voice of manufacturers, businesses and trade associations who make or use fluorinated gases for the global market. Today, Alliance member companies are leading the development of safe, efficient, next-generation, climate and ozone-friendly technologies and applications.

According to a recent study, the US fluorocarbon using and producing industries contribute more than $158 billion annually in goods and services to the US economy, and provide employment to more than 700,000 individuals with an industry-wide payroll of more than $32 billion. Alliance member companies, which represent more than 95 percent of US HFC production and a significant majority of the manufacturing and other user industries, have pledged their commitment to the research, development and commercialization of new technologies with low climate impact, and are supporting a global agreement under the Montreal Protocol to facilitate the orderly transition to such technologies.