20 Nations Sign Kigali Agreement to Reduce Use of HFC
Since 2015, hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions have shot up by 54% thanks to a global increase in air conditioning usage. For the economists, it’s a sign of wealth and prosperity in the international markets. For ecologists, it’s a disaster. HFC is a greenhouse gas that’s known to pollute up to three times more than your average car’s exhaust fumes.
As a responsible air conditioning specialist, Conditioned Environment are keen to reduce the amount of HFCs used in air conditioning and HVAC systems worldwide. Here’s how the Kigali Agreement will help with that aim.
The Kigali Agreement
On 19 November 2017, Sweden became the 20th country to sign the Kigali Agreement, a pact that will see all participating countries phase out HFC, beginning on 1 January 2019.
Since then Finland, Germany, Laos, Luxembourg, the Maldives, Trinidad and Tobago, Slovakia and the United Kingdom have signed up to the agreement, too. They join the following countries on a mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the benefit of humanity:
- Marshall Islands
- North Korea
How the Kigali Agreement Works
The agreement will mean that all member countries have to ensure compliance with a range of trade measures and obligations to limit the manufacture of products containing HFCs. Research and development will also be funded to make HFC alternatives more cost-effective. On top of this is a mechanism to help the least wealthy countries to achieve compliance.
Effect on the Air Conditioning Industry
Miguel Arias Canete, the EU Commissioner for Climate Action, said,
The Kigali Amendment is proof of the global resolve to tackle climate change and shows what we can achieve when we work together. For Europe, implementation of our commitment will not only help us to meet our climate objectives but will also create new opportunities for European manufacturers of air conditioning and refrigerants
As you can see, the world leaders have not blindly signed a climate change agreement without thinking of the economic impact it will have on many businesses. The Kigali Agreement is set to be a positive change for all involved. With the right implementation, it should serve to create more jobs in the air conditioning sector, as well as achieving the largest reduction in greenhouse gases seen in a generation.
For the latest news about the Kigali Agreement, make sure to check back on the Conditioned Environment blog in the coming months.
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