New York State moves towards phasing out hydrofluorocarbons

Hydrofluorocarbons are environmentally-harmful chemicals found in aerosols, fridges and air conditioners

Nations commit $540m to phase out super greenhouse gas

Developed countries have committed to providing $540 million (£400m) to help phase out a super greenhouse gas. The funds will be used for activities aimed at getting rid of climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in developing countries. They will be provided between 2018 and 2020 through the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol. The […]

UK ratifies super greenhouse gas reduction pact

The UK has become one of the first countries to ratify a landmark agreement to limit the emissions of a super greenhouse gas. The Kigali amendment to the UN Montreal Protocol, agreed by more than 150 nations in October last year, commits them to reducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 85% between 2019 and 2036. The harmful […]

EU limits quotas for powerful greenhouse gas

The European Commission has allocated reduced quotas for the import and production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). HFCs can be found in refrigeration, air conditioning, foams and aerosols and are said to be thousands of times more powerful than carbon dioxide warming the planet. The Commission has limited the sale of the greenhouse gas for 2018 – […]

Marshall Islands first nation to ratify greenhouse gas pact

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has become the first country to ratify a global agreement to slash the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The parliament approved the Kigali Amendment, which paves the way for the production and use of toxic HFCs – used in refrigerants and air conditioning – to be reduced by more than […]

Nations sign landmark deal to cut super greenhouse gas

A global deal signed in Rwanda to limit hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) could be the single most effective agreement yet to reduce global warming. More than 150 nations reached an agreement for the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Saturday, deciding to phase out the harmful greenhouse gas in a staggered process, depending on how soon various […]

Global leaders call to reduce ozone-damaging greenhouse gas

Leaders from more than 100 countries have called to quickly phase out the use of a chemical contributing to global warming. Last week the US gathered the nations to boost support for the amendment to reduce the use of the ozone-damaging greenhouse gas hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the Montreal Protocol. The group includes the US, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, […]

EU reaches deal to cap ‘super’ greenhouse gases

The European Union has reached a tentative deal to partially ban the use of a group of “super” greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning. Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) will be capped in 2015 and gradually phased down, with a target to achieve a 79% reduction by 2030. HFCs are considered to be much more powerful […]