Statement by Commissioner Hedegaard on 25th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol

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Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, made the following observation:

“The Montreal Protocol has completed so much. The atmospheric concentrations of the man-made chemical substances which assault the ozone layer maximum aggressively at the moment are falling. This is due to the phase-out of their manufacturing and intake which is beneath means. Much continues to be performed, however clinical proof displays the ozone layer must get well totally by the 2d part of this century supplied the Protocol remains to be carried out.

The EU has been a pacesetter. We have applied what has been agreed, and on many events we now have moved quicker in phasing out bad ingredients than the Protocol calls for.

Montreal has additionally performed an enormous quantity to fight local weather alternate. Many ozone-depleting ingredients also are very robust greenhouse gases which give a contribution to world warming, so it’s doubly excellent for the atmosphere that they’re being phased out.

However, there’s nonetheless the problem of HFC gases, which do not hurt the ozone layer however are extraordinarily robust greenhouse gases. Agreement is wanted on a world phase-down of HFCs once conceivable. The perfect device for that is the Montreal Protocol itself.

I imagine the Montreal Protocol holds some essential classes for a brand new world local weather settlement. The Protocol is legally binding, so it has tooth. The EU might be urgent very onerous for the new local weather treaty to be legally binding as smartly. Montreal additionally guarantees that any nations which refuse to take part are excluded from sharing in its advantages. This has confirmed to be an efficient method that the global may also need to imagine in the design of the new local weather settlement.”

Video interview with Commissioner Hedegaard

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