Monday, November 27, 2017

Cleaner Coolants Fund Gets $540m – and US Backing

The Trump administration is set to ratify the Kigali Amendment to phase down potent warming HFC gases, while helping fund poor countries to make the switch.

HFCs are used in air conditioning (Credit: Flickr/Michael Ivanov) Click to Enlarge.
Rich countries will pay $540 million over three years into a fund to support a shift to cleaner coolants, under a deal agreed in Montreal on Saturday.

Notably, the US is set to contribute $37m, despite the Trump administration’s hostility to multilateral environmental agreements.

It comes as the 1987 Montreal Protocol pivots from its initial focus on the ozone layer to addressing the climate impact of chemicals used in fridges and air conditioners.

State department official Judith Garber said the US was starting the process to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the protocol, which sets a phasedown path for HFCs, a group of potent warming gases produced by these appliances.

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