No agreement on HFCs in Montreal Protocol

Parties to the Montreal Protocol on ozone-depleting substances have been unable to agree on whether to include hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the treaty’s remit, as states wait to see if they will be covered by a post-2012 agreement on climate change.

Representatives from 190 signatory countries meeting in Egypt last week debated two different amendments to include HFCs in the Montreal Protocol – one from Mauritius and Micronesia and one from Canada, Mexico and the United States.

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