More than 500 national and international companies and organizations, along with hundreds of sub-national governments are calling for an ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phasedown high global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The statement is bold – calling upon world leaders to amend the Montreal Protocol with an early HFC first reduction step and an HFC “freeze date that is as early as practicable.” In addition, signature companies declared their intent to “to work to reduce the use and emissions of high-global-warming-potential HFCs and transition over time to more sustainable alternatives in a manner that maintains or increases energy efficiency.”
On September 22, 2016, the United States hosted a gathering of 100 countries in New York to provide a boost of momentum to the upcoming international negotiations to adopt an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down the potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Countries agreed last November to “work within the Montreal Protocol to an HFC amendment in 2016,” and they have subsequently worked intensively during a series of negotiations this year toward consensus on the terms of such an amendment. Next month, countries will gather at the Montreal Protocol Meeting of the Parties in Rwanda for final negotiations on the amendment.
Call to Action from Companies and Sub-National Governments
Building on the announcements in New York, more than 500 national and international companies and organizations and hundreds of sub-national governments are also calling – individually and/or through their associations – for an ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol and have issued the following statement:
By avoiding up to 0.5°C of warming by the end of the century, a Montreal Protocol hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phasedown amendment is one of the most significant steps the world can take now to deliver on the goals of the Paris Agreement. Today, we call upon world leaders to adopt in October an ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol, including an early first reduction step for Article 2 countries and a freeze date for Article 5 countries that is as early as practicable, and we declare our intent to work to reduce the use and emissions of high-global-warming-potential HFCs and transition over time to more sustainable alternatives in a manner that maintains or increases energy efficiency.
Signature companies engaged in the fire suppression industry include:
Read the White House press release.
The pressure to phasedown HFCs is growing and industry leaders are sending a clear message – with sustainable alternatives now available for most applications, including fire suppression, we need to all work to reduce the use and emissions of high GWP HFCs and transition over time to more sustainable alternatives. One way to start is by choosing 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid over a high GWP HFC like FM-200™ – which can reduce fire suppression greenhouse gas emissions by more than 99 percent.
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