EPEE calls for swift EU ratification of the Kigali amendment to achieve successful HFC phase-down

25 / 04 / 2017

Brussels, April 2017: The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) welcomes the appointment of the European Parliament’s team of rapporteurs on the EU ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

“This is an important milestone in the EU ratification process and demonstrates that there is political will to bring this to a conclusion as soon as possible,” said Andrea Voigt, Director General of EPEE.

In this spirit, EPEE, representing the cooling, refrigeration and heat pump industry in Europe, calls on the EU institutions to swiftly ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on a global phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

EPEE supports the gradual reduction of HFC use by 80-85% as agreed by the Montreal Protocol parties, with the first reductions by the most developed countries expected in 2019.

Following the UN Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the EU F-gas phase-down, this global deal on HFCs will send a strong signal and will unite our industry even more in its efforts to achieve HFC reduction targets.

For the Amendment to enter into force on 1 January 2019, 20 parties to the Montreal Protocol need to ratify it. Therefore, ratification by the EU and its Member States could trigger the entry into force of the Amendment and demonstrate the EU’s leadership in this field as happened with the 2015 F-gas Regulation.

EPEE has been working closely with EU and national decision makers, industry, end-users and schools to both raise awareness and provide guidance for successful implementation of the EU F-gas Regulation. Through its EU Gapometer, EPEE has identified the main challenges to achieve the phase-down goals and the concrete actions needed to tackle those challenges.