Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten today welcomes an agreement reached at a United Nations meeting in Kigali, Rwanda which will see both developed and developing countries phase down their use of Hydrofluorocarbon gases (HFCs).
The amendment could avoid up to 0.5oC warming by the end of the century and is a significant step towards delivering the goals of the Paris COP 21 Agreement. HFCs are potent greenhouse gases used in air conditioning, refrigeration, foams and aerosols as replacements for many ozone-depleting substances.
The meeting in Kigali, as part of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, opened on Monday 10th October and agreement was reached following a period of intensive negotiations.
Minister Naughten confirmed that Ireland was one of sixteen countries which had pledged to contribute an additional amount of €160,000 to the Multilateral fund. The Fund was established under the Protocol to assist developing countries meet their obligations under the protocol if an ambitious HFC amendment was adopted at the Kigali meeting.
Minister Naughten said 'I welcome this historic agreement which is another milestone in our battle to protect the planet from harmful gases and substances. Ireland and our international partners in the EU and beyond, are leading by example as we have already begun to phase down the use of HFCs. By making the increased financial contributions to the fund we are demonstrating real and tangible commitment to the aspirations of the Montreal Protocol. The agreement reached at Kigali will stimulate our implementation programme and provide new opportunities for further development of alternatives to HFCs".