Unlike other greenhouse gases in the Paris Agreement, fluorocarbons are included in other international negotiations.  In this context, the importance of the agreement reached in Kigali must be appreciated. More than 190 countries agreed after a week-long meeting in Rwanda`s picturesque capital on Saturday to end the use of CFCs, in short, for hydrofluorocarbons over the next 30 years. This unique, relatively simple and painless intervention has the potential to prevent global temperatures from rising by about 0.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. No other intervention is as close to the yields offered, the ease of implementation or the impact of costs. The release of HFC is not only the lowest fruit of climate protection, but also the most interesting fruit. An unusual coalition of economic and environmental groups – including the National Manufacturers Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, FreedomWorks and the Natural Resources Defense Council – have been urging Trump administration officials for months to support the addition of Kigali, a 2016 agreement from nearly 200 countries to reduce the use of a group of ozone-depleting organic compounds that fuel global warming. Some conservative organizations, including the Heritage Foundation and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, have tried to block Senate approval of the Treaty. The Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol comes into force today (January 1, 2019). Both developed and developing countries have made binding commitments to reduce global production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), harmful man-made greenhouse gases.
Trump`s EPA chief says the agency should focus on economic recovery, not international climate agreements Despite the Trump administration`s refusal to sign up to a global agreement on reducing hydrofluorocarbons, one of the world`s major drivers of climate change, a breakthrough by businesses and environmentalists appears to have rocked lawmakers. The agreement is expected to bring global warming down to 0.4 degrees Celsius by 2100, which will contribute significantly to the Paris agreement`s goal of limiting temperature rise to a level well below 2 degrees Celsius. Countries have accepted an amendment that will lead industrialized countries to begin reducing their use of HFC from 2019. The new agreement contains flexibility to meet the different capabilities of the 170 countries with three separate routes. “This agreement protects both U.S. consumers and U.S. businesses,” Sen said.