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HFC phase-down delayed by India, China and Brazil stance

India, China and Brazil have delayed any agreement to the phase-out of HFCs, claiming that debate can only take place at UN climate talks this week in Durban.

The move is seen as a boycott of discussions to a phase-out by certain parties, as the forthcoming talks are expected to produce no agreement on any action to commence the phase-out of HFCs.

The announcement comes as the three countries, part of a 124 contingent, defered any discussion on the topic at last week’s Montreal Protocol’s 23rd Meeting of Parties.

This was the third year HFC Amendment proposals were tabled by Micronesia and North American countries to begin formal discussions of a global HFC phase-out, and the third year Brazil, China and India have refused to even allow formal discussion.

“The global response to climate change simply does not have time for advancing self-serving national interests,” said Mark Roberts, International Policy Advisor for the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

Readers' comments (1)

  • The North-American proposal is of a phase-down, not a phase-out :
    "Key elements of the North American proposal:
    • Recognizes that there may not be alternatives for all HFC applications and therefore utilizes a gradual
    phasedown mechanism with a plateau, as opposed to a phaseout."

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