The European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC) has called on Montreal Protocol signatories to agree on a global cap and reduction targets for hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) consumption.
According to EFCTC, the Montreal Protocol has played a critical role in successfully controlling consumption of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and provides the necessary expertise to implement a similar system for HFCs.
It said provisions for controlling the sale of HFCs under the Montreal Protocol would complement and strengthen the HFC emissions provisions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol.
The overall global warming impact of HFC emissions worldwide is estimated to represent less than 2% of the total global greenhouse gases emissions.
While HFCs are the preferred solution in many cases because of their safety and performance advantages, EFCTC claimed that without action, demand is likely to grow as they are used to replace HCFCs and there is increasing demand for refrigeration and air conditioning in developing countries.
EFCTC hopes to hear constructive dialogue at the 26th meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Paris, taking place between 17 and 21 November.