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Montreal Protocol parties to discuss sustainable cold chain, global HFC phasedown and rise in R11 emissions

Meeting in Rome this week (4-8 November) will consider what actions should be taken to build on Kigali Amendment to reduce global warming

The parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will meet in Rome this week to commit to take action to ensure continued protection of the ozone layer and reduction of climate-warming gases under the Kigali Amendment.

The Kigali Amendment, which entered into force on 1 January this year, requires countries to cut production and consumption of HFCs in cooling products by more than 80 per cent over the next 30 years. The amendment, so far ratified by 88 parties, is expected to avoid up to 0.4 deg C of global warming by the end of the century, while continuing to protect the ozone layer.

At the Rome meeting, the parties will discuss the unexpected increase in global emissions of R11 and how to further address it.

The meeting will include what is described as ’a high-level Round table’ which will discuss the Montreal Protocol’s contribution to sustainable cold chain to reduce food loss. The Kigali Amendment is expected to trigger a global effort of technological conversions in several industrial sectors, including the cooling sector, the UN Environment Programme said.

Among the invited participants at the high-level round table discussion are Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UN Environment Programme; David Appel, co-chair of the Global Food Cold Chain Council and President, Refrigeration for Carrier, Dr Liz Goodwin, together with a number of national environment ministers. 

 

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