EIA has undertaken groundbreaking investigations into the illegal trade in ozone depleting substances (ODS) and has been closely involved in international ozone and climate negotiations for more than a decade.
2006 – EIA was a principle backer and supporter of an accelerated HCFC phase out and produced its first report on the topic, Turning Up the Heat.
2008 – EIA proposed an HFC phase out to the Montreal Protocol, presenting a Declaration for Action to the Meeting of the Parties (MOP) in Doha, Qatar. The United States used this declaration to propose workshops and discussion to explore the feasibility of an HFC phase down and the state of alternatives.
2009 – Formal proposals were submitted by Micronesia and the United States to amend the Montreal Protocol for an HFC phase down.
2012-2013 – EIA investigators discovered Chinese and Indian facilities of leaking HFC-23 gases, despite having destruction technology available, as well as funding from the UN Clean Development Mechanism to capture and destroy the gas. The findings were released in EIA’s groundbreaking report, The Two Billion Tonne Climate Bomb.