Who and where: The Open-Ended Working Group of Parties to the Montreal Protocol will meet in Vienna, Austria, on 15 July 2016. Nearly 40 ministers have committed to be present in the negotiations on 22-13 July. Last year, Parties agreed to reach an agreement in 2016 on cutting down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are the fastest growing greenhouse gases in many countries. Used as replacements for ozone-depleting substances, HFCs are used in refrigeration, air conditioning, insulation, aerosols, solvents and fire protection products.
Short Lived Climate Pollutants Working Group
Phase-out of HFCs and the reduction of other short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) are crucial to reducing the worst impacts of global warming and to help bride the ambition gap in emission reduction we are currently facing.
The SLCP working group helps to promote strong action on HFCs and other SLCPs to prevent 100 to 200 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions by 2050. The group focuses on achieving this important task within the Montreal Protocol but also within the UNFCCC and other fora. In the UNFCCC the group focuses its efforts on the “Enhanced action prior to 2020” agenda, opportunities in the Lima Paris Action Agenda and work with the high-level champions on pre-2020 action.
~~2015 was a momentous year for multilateralism and for climate change policy making. Governments must now show strong ownership of the Paris Agreement by aligning policies, resources, institutions and legislation in support of the Paris Agreement.
ECO was pleased to wake up Sunday to the news that Presidents Obama and Xi had agreed to work together to combat climate change by phasing down the super greenhouse gases, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), under the Montreal Protocol. An agreement under Montreal could prevent emissions of 100 billion tonnes CO2e by 2050. First that great party on Saturday, and then this?!
What do the Beijing and Manila floods, US drought and hurricanes, and record low Arctic summer sea ice cover tell us? That climate impacts are a reality and, particularly with respect to sea ice, are happening faster than we thought. Report after report also tells us that current mitigation pledges are insufficient.