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The Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer reached an agreement on October 15th to include hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants as a part of the treaty’s scope. This agreement was worked out at a meeting of the Parties being held in Kigali, Rwanda.  HRAI and allied industry associations around the world have been supporting the inclusion of an HFC phasedown in the Protocol for a number of years.

This amendment to the Montreal Protocol is being called the single largest contribution the world has made towards keeping the global temperature rise "well below" 2 degrees Celsius, a target agreed at the Paris climate conference last year.

Following seven years of negotiations, the 197 Montreal Protocol parties reached a compromise, under which developed countries will start to phase down HFCs by 2019. Developing countries will follow with a freeze of HFCs consumption levels in 2024, with some countries freezing consumption in 2028.

As reported in previous issues of eInsight, HRAI has been a part of the consultations with Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC) for more than 18 months on regulations being proposed to phasedown HFCs in Canada. This decision at the international level will put more pressure on ECCC to move forward with the HFC regulatory process. HRAI will continue to participate in this process as it unfolds.

More details on the specifics of the phasedown and the proposed HFC regulations in Canada will be reported in future issues of eInsight. For more information, contact Warren Heeley at 1-800-267-2231 x227 or email warren.heeley@hrai.ca