Countries commit funds to realise HCFC phase-out

World governments agree financing for accelerated HCFC phase-out, plan work on destruction of ozone-depleting substances

World governments have agreed a funding package aimed at achieving an accelerated phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs) under the 1987 Montreal protocol on ozone layer protection. The decision came at an annual meeting of protocol parties in Doha, Qatar, last week (EED 16/09/08).

HCFCs contribute to global warming as well as damaging the ozone layer. Governments agreed the accelerated phase-out last year. At the time, developing countries said access to sufficient funding was critical for them to meet the new deadlines (EED 24/09/07).

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