‘Monumental’ deal to cut HFCs, fastest growing greenhouse gases

‘Monumental’ deal to cut HFCs, fastest growing greenhouse gases

‘Monumental’ deal to cut HFCs, fastest growing greenhouse gases

Written by Staff Writer

15 Oct, 2016 | 9:53 pm

More than 150 countries have reached a deal described as “monumental” to phase out gases that are making global warming worse.

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are widely used in fridges, air conditioning and aerosol sprays.

Delegates meeting in Rwanda accepted a complex amendment to the Montreal Protocol that will see richer countries cut back their HFC use from 2019.

But some critics say the compromise may have less impact than expected.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who helped forge the deal in a series of meetings in the Rwandan capital, said it was a major victory for the Earth.

The new agreement will see three separate pathways for different countries.

Richer economies like the European Union, the US and others will start to limit their use of HFCs within a few years and make a cut of at least 10% from 2019.

Some developing countries like China, nations in Latin America and island states will freeze their use of HFCs from 2024.

Source : BBC

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