EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard has stated that fluorinated gases need to fall dramatically by 2030.
Speaking at the Atmosphere Conference in Brussels added that she would be pushing for a global plan on cutting fluorinated gases at U.N. climate change talks in Doha beginning later this month.
Miss Hedegaard said: “F-gases should be two-thirds reduced from today’s levels by 2030.”
“If F-gases contribute less, other sectors will have to do more,” she added, referring to the EU’s non-binding goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by between 80-95 per cent by the middle of the century. It also has a binding 2020 target to achieve a 20 per cent emissions reduction.”
Hedegaard added that Europe would be pushing for urgent action on f-gases to help close the gap between emissions cuts so far and those needed.
She said she hoped collaboration from smaller nations, such as island states at risk of sinking under rising sea levels, would help to overcome expected resistance to tackling f-gases from major emitters, such as India and China.
Hedegaard said F-gases stood out in the European Union in that their use was rising, while other greenhouse gas emissions had fallen.
The F-Gas review is due out in the next month