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High Stakes: Implementing and strengthening climate and ozone commitments under the Montreal Protocol

After more than three decades of undeniable success, earning it the title of the world’s most successful multilateral environmental agreement, the Montreal Protocol is now being tested. Following revelations of unexplained CFC-11 emissions in 2018, legitimate questions have been raised as to whether the Montreal Protocol’s institutions and controls are fit for purpose, not only to ensure the sustained phase-out of ozone depleting substances (ODS) but also to address new challenges unique to the HFC phase-down under the Kigali Amendment.

It is time to reinvest in the Montreal Protocol. Parties should use the 41st meeting of the OpenEnded Working Group (OEWG) to prepare to initiate a comprehensive fitness check at the 31st Meeting of the Parties (MoP31) in Rome, one with clear timetables for consideration and adoption of needed improvements, whether via decisions, adjustments or future amendments.

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Recent Blog Posts

Racing the Clock: California to Cut HFC Emissions in Half by 2030
08/09/2019
Racing the Clock: California Nears Final Plan to Cut HFC Emissions in Half by 2030
A Week of Climate Action on HFCs and Cooling
09/17/2018
HFCs used in cooling were a hot topic at the Global Climate Action Summit last week in San Francisco. With momentum building for subnational actors like cities, states, and businesses to drive action forward on climate, we have the opportunity to tackle the issue of how we keep cool without warming the planet - by phasing down superpollutant hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and identifying new approaches to maximize energy efficiency as global demand for cooling increases.

Recent Reports

EIA 2018 Impact Report
09/09/2019
In 2018 the Environmental Investigation Agency continued to confront the greatest environmental threats facing the world today. The EIA team pursued, documented and exposed the activities of syndicates that threaten endangered species, damage the climate and ozone layer, and drive the trade in timber stolen from the world’s most important remaining forests.
EIA Letter to California Air Resources Board on Proposed HFC Rulemakings
08/12/2019
EIA letter to CARB with comments on important aspects of proposed HFC regulations

Recent Press Releases

“Cool It” Campaign: Groups Take Aim At Walmart’s Massive Refrigerant Leakage Problem
08/13/2019
“Cool It” Campaign: Groups Take Aim At Walmart’s Massive Refrigerant Leakage Problem
California Green Lights Incentive Program to Reduce HFCs
06/14/2019
This week California’s legislature approved a 2019-2020 budget providing $1 million to create an incentive program for reducing emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases, including hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Established by the California Cooling Act (SB1013) passed last year, the program will incentivize adoption of climate-friendly refrigerant technologies, with a mandate to also consider other co-benefits such as energy efficiency and opportunities for increasing recovery, reclamation, and destruction of refrigerants at end-of-life.

Recent Videos

Blowing It
07/08/2018
Information obtained by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) demonstrates conclusively that the use of CFC-11 in China’s rigid polyurethane (PU) foam insulation sector, in particular in the building and construction subsector, is widespread and pervasive. CFC-11 is used as a foam blowing agent for the manufacture of molded foam panels and spray foam used for insulation purposes
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What are the HFC-free Technologies?
Widespread adoption of HFC-free technologies is cost-effective, energy efficient, and climate-friendly. Read EIA’s report Putting the Freeze on HFCs for hundreds of examples of HFC-free technologies available and in use today.
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