Three way deal to control HFCs reached in Kigali
Oct 15,Kigali: Over 150 countries have reached a monumental deal to phase out Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) which are widely used in fridges, air conditioning and aerosol sprays and are known as catalysers of global warming.
Delegates meeting in Rwanda have accepted a complex amendment to the Montreal Protocol that will see richer countries cut back their HFC use from 2019. US Secretary of State John Kerry, who helped forge the deal in a series of meetings in Kigali, said it was a major victory for the Earth.
The Three way Deal
The new agreement will see three separate pathways for different countries. The Richer economies like the European Union, the US and others will start to limit their use of HFCs within a few years and ensure 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.While, other developing countries: India, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and the Gulf states will not freeze their use until 2028.
Meanwhile, some critics claim that this deal will not make much of a difference and will have less impact than expected.
The Oslo Times International News Network