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European HFC producers support reduction of HFC consumption

The European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC) has called on Parties to the Montreal Protocol to achieve an agreement for a global cap and reduction for HFC consumption.

According to EFCTC, the Montreal Protocol has played a critical role in successfully controlling consumption of CFCs and HCFCs and can provide the necessary expertise to effectively implement a similar system for HFCs.

In addition, EFCTC says including provisions for controlling the placing on the market of HFCs under the Montreal Protocol would complement and strengthen the HFC emissions provisions of the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol.

It is estimated that the overall global warming impact of HFC emissions worldwide currently represents less than 2% of the total global greenhouse gases emissions.

While HFCs are the preferred solution for many societal needs because of their safety and performance advantages, HFCTC claims without action the demand for HFCs will grow due to the replacement of HCFCs as well as the increasing demand for refrigeration and air conditioning, especially in developing countries.

HFCTC hopes to hear constructive dialogue at the 26th meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Paris, taking place from 17-21 November.

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