The CCAC Ministers and high level representatives highlighted the viability of rapid phase-down of HFCs, saying that there are an increasing number of climate-friendly alternatives to HFCs in many sectors and applications and welcomed efforts to develop and adopt technologies and practices that reduce HFC use and emissions and collaborate internationally to expand the availability of low or zero GWP alternatives.
Vincent Biruta, Minister of Natural Resources, Rwanda - host of the next Meeting of the Parties of the Montreal Protocol - called for an early freeze date to restrict HFC growth and encouraged other countries to follow.
"Given the environmental and economic benefits that can be achieved if all Parties agree on an ambitious but achievable baseline and phase-down schedule, Rwanda supports rapid action to phase-down HFCs," Mr Biruta said. "Rwanda also supports the promotion of energy efficient technologies that use climate-friendly HFC alternatives, and additional funding through the Multilateral Fund to support implementation, including funding the freeze."
CCAC State Partners also recognized the need for increased support to the Multilateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol to provide assistance to developing countries to implement an ambitious phase-down and are encouraged by the recent statements from G7 and Nordic country leaders signalling their intent to provide additional support through the Multilateral Fund following adoption of an amendment for its implementation.
The CCAC Ministers and high-level representatives are committed to being vocal and active on the issue and challenged states to take the significant steps required to “ensure that we have an ambitious HFC phase down amendment in 2016 no later than when the Parties to the Montreal Protocol meet in Rwanda in October 2016”.
Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency
“We are making tremendous progress and I am optimistic that an ambitious amendment with broad international support will get over the finish line this year,” said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. “We urge all countries to join us in taking the next major step forward after Paris to fight climate change and protect our common home.”
Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme
"The Montreal Protocol is a living example of what the International community can achieve by bridging science, policy and regular funding, " Mr Thiaw said. “The ozone layer is now healing largely due to actions taken under the protocol. The same parties that have crafted the Montreal Protocol are discussing how they can turn this expertise and track record of success to phasing-down HFCs and protecting climate.”
Rita Cerutti, CCAC Co-Chair and International Affairs Advisor, Environment and Climate Change, Canada
“An ambitious HFC phase-down amendment in 2016 is within reach, and the CCAC has continued to work towards contributing to this goal by promoting HFC alternatives, undertaking demonstration projects, supporting national HFC inventories, and organizing technology conferences. We have a successful, proven instrument in the Montreal Protocol, a pressing climate need, and a group of motivated, committed Partners. An HFC phase-down amendment is feasible and achievable in 2016, and the CCAC is doing its part to help realize one of the most important actions that can be taken to contribute to meeting the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement.”
The CCAC HFC initiative promotes HFC alternative technology and standards. Coalition partners support the development of HFC inventories and studies, exchange information on policy, technical issues and emerging technologies and practices. The initiative supports national capacity-building activities and demonstration projects to validate and promote climate-friendly alternatives and technologies. The initiative provides information on how to transition away from high-GWP HFCs and minimize HFC leakages.