India and a few Gulf States raised objections to agreeing to phase out HFCs in the proposed amendment. But, formal negotiations will start on the manufacturing and use of HFCs with an amendment on the subject expected some time in 2016. It has taken six years to get to the point where countries have agreed to start negotiating on the amendment.
“Montreal Protocol has a clear mandate on HFCs and a path forward to resolving the remaining issues and agreeing an amendment in 2016. The Parties now need to roll their sleeves up, thrash out the details as early as possible and remind us why the Montreal Protocol is often referred to as the world’s most successful environmental treaty.”
EIA senior policy advisor, Mark Roberts said:
“The Montreal Protocol has almost 30 years of successful technology transfer and with the flexibility and commitment shown this week it is clear that these challenges can be resolved. A phase-down agreement under the Montreal Protocol could avoid over 100 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions and much more if the Protocol incentivizes energy efficient technologies.”