The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE), representing the heating, cooling, refrigeration and heat pump industry in Europe, applauds the adoption by the European Commission of a proposal for the EU to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

The proposal follows the agreement reached last October in Kigali, Rwanda, where the 197 Parties to the Montreal Protocol agreed to gradually limit their production and use of HFCs. In developed countries, first reductions are due in 2019; most developing countries will freeze the level of HFC quantities in 2024, and a few countries will follow in 2028.

For the Kigali Amendment to enter into force by 2019, at least 20 Parties need to ratify it. Ratification by the EU countries alone could therefore trigger the entry into force.

As a strong supporter of global action on HFCs and an active player in the Montreal Protocol discussions, EPEE has for a long time advocated for the need to introduce an amendment to the Montreal Protocol in order to facilitate action on HFCs.

The Commission’s proposal for a Council Decision and the annexed text of the Kigali Amendment can be found here.