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The Montreal Protocol has, in the past, already bought the world the equivalent of decades-worth of CO2 emissions. In the future, the world has a convenient opportunity to address an inconvenient truth. Dramatically cutting HCFCs emissions -nearly 2000 times more potent Greenhouse Gases ( GHGs) than CO2,-and improving the energy efficiency of air-conditioning and refrigeration appliances that use them is "..the key to catalyzing a transition to a low carbon , resource efficient Green Economy" according to Achim Steiner , United Nations Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UNEP.

While the opportunity to achieve climate benefit appears to be a 'low hanging fruit', the 'JumpStart' to pick those fruits poses a significant challenge as most HFCs, which are are popular alternatives for HCFCs are also potent GHGs. The EU has adopted a regulatory framework aimed at reducing emissions of HFCs. "This policy is widely acknowledged as a global model that leads to more responsible management of the substances.." according to Marianne Wenning, Head of Unit ENV C.4 of the European Commission.

This information and knowledge-exchange is just one of the tools of responsible management of Ozone Depleting Substances with the objective to achieve 'low hanging' climate benefit.

Rajendra Shende, Head OzonAction, UNEP DTIE


Contact: UNEP DTIE OzonAction 15 rue de Milan, 75441 Paris CEDEX 09, France

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The overall objective of the project is to contribute towards the reduction of direct and indirect releases or emissions of ozone depleting substances (HCFCs) and greenhouse gases (HCFCs and HFCs) both through promotion of zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and low global warming potential (GWP) alternatives as well as promotion of best practices and better engineered and energy efficient technology.

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Infos on HFCs

HFCs are fluorocarbons, used as replacements to HCFCs. Their emissions are controlled under the Kyoto Protocol. HFCs are GHGs but do not deplete the ozone layer

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OzonAction is part of the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics of UNEP, one of the implementing agencies of the Montreal Protocol.

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