Accelerating HFC phase-down to achieve a 1.5°C pathway

Room: Berlin
UNFCCC Intersessional, Bonn, Germany


As the planet warms, the need for sustainable cooling for all will continue to grow. The 2016 Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol manages the global phase-down of potent climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), but alone, even full global compliance with the Kigali phase-down will not be sufficient to reduce HFC emissions to the levels called for in IPCC 1.5º C-consistent scenarios. This event will present new scientific findings on the scale of additional ambition needed to reduce HFC emissions and showcase examples of how countries are already taking action to manage these powerful climate-forcing refrigerants while simultaneously enhancing energy efficiency and food security and other development objectives.

This event will be livestreamed on the UNFCCC Official YouTube Channel



  • Nathan Borgford-Parnell (Climate and Clean Air Coalition)


  • Pallav Purohit (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria) - Achieving Paris climate goals call for increasing ambition of the Kigali Amendment
  • Naomi Inoue or Makoto Kato (Ministry of the Environment, Japan/Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center (OECC), Japan) - Life cycle Management of Fluorocarbons: Japan’s cooperation activities under the IFL such as Joint Crediting Mechanism Good practices from the Resource Book on Life Cycle Management of Fluorocarbons
  • Dr. Hak Mao (Director of the Department of Science and Technology, National Council for Sustainable Development, Ministry of Environment, Cambodia) - Cambodia’s experience developing a National Cooling Plan as a cross ministry effort led by MoE contributing to both goals of the NDC and Kigali Amendment
  • Pham Van Tan (Deputy Director General for Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Viet Nam) - Example from Viet Nam integrating cooling and refrigerants in the National Climate Change Strategy
  • Representative from Rwanda - Example of reducing HFCs while improving efficiency and reducing food loss in the cold food chain
  • Sophie Loran (UNEP Cool Coalition) - Global Food Cold-Chain Report

Q&A (20 mins)

  • Moderated by Nathan Borgford-Parnell (Climate and Clean Air Coalition)
Pollutants (SLCPs)