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Global Leaders Commit to Limit Future Use of HFCs

On September 6th, 2013, leaders attending the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, declared a commitment to phase down the use of certain potent greenhouse gases, including the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

According to the official G-20 Leaders' Declaration, 20 of the world's biggest economies vow to "work together to address climate change and environment protection, which is a global problem that requires a global solution." G-20 has specifically agreed to support the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol, and complementary initiatives like the Montreal Protocol. HFC accounting and reporting of emissions will remain within the scope of UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol.

According to an article published by Reuters, The White House considers this global agreement to support the HFC phase-down one of the most significant agreements of the summit, which also included topics of global development, financial structures, and sustainable energy.

The G-20 leaders acknowledge "economically viable and technically feasible alternatives" to HFCs as a reason for their support of the phase-down and strongly welcome the successful adoption of a protocol or legal force to tackle HFC emissions.

This was agreed by the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union, as well as Ethiopia, Spain, Senegal, Brunei, Kazakhstan, and Singapore.

Learn how 3M™ Novec™ products support G-20's commitment to reduce the use of HFCs.

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