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Countries Accelerate Talks on Phasing Down HFC Super-Pollutants under the Montreal Protocol

November 28, 2014 by David Doniger

Wrapping up a week of talks in Paris, diplomats agreed to hold talks starting in April 2015 on proposals to replace these super-potent heat-trapping chemicals – used in refrigeration, air conditioning, and other industrial applications – with climate-friendly alternatives.[read more]

Moving Forward on Climate Protection: India Engages with World Leaders on Phasing Down HFCs

November 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

HFC Phase Down

After six years of frustrating gridlock, India is stepping forward in discussions with over 180 countries on protecting our climate and moving forward with a global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), super potent heat-trapping greenhouse gases.[read more]

Cooling India: Financing the Cost of Transition to Refrigerants with Lower Climate-Change Impact

November 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

At the Montreal Protocol meeting, starting on Monday in Paris, countries could seize one “low hanging fruit” opportunity by agreeing to move forward on phasing down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are potent and fast-growing heat-trapping gases.[read more]

Transitioning Away from HFCs: An Energy and Climate Change Opportunity

October 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Blackouts and power outages, like the recent September blackouts in Mumbai, are an unfortunate part of daily life in India. A couple of years ago, grid outages roiled large swaths of India, leaving more than 600 million people without electricity and services.[read more]

White House, Industry Quicken Pace of HFC Phase-Down

September 18, 2014 by David Doniger

The White House is convening industry leaders to pledge reductions in and replacements for HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), the super-potent climate-changing chemicals used in air conditioning and refrigeration, insulating foams, and aerosol products.[read more]

Now It's Official: EPA Proposes Limits on Super-Pollutant HFCs

August 15, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has now formally proposed to limit certain super-potent greenhouse gases from use in air conditioners, refrigerators, aerosols and foams in favor of safer, more climate-friendly alternatives.[read more]

"At Some Point of Time We Will Go With This Proposal" - Despite Opponents, Sense of Inevitability Grows at Talks on Curbing the Super-Warming HFCs

July 22, 2014 by David Doniger

Countries jousted again over proposals to replace the super-potent heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol, the world’s most successful environmental treaty. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait emerged as the most vociferous opponents.[read more]

EPA Tackles HFC Super Pollutants, Next Step in President Obama's Climate Action Plan

February 10, 2014 by David Doniger

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced its plans to tackle the super-potent heat-trapping pollutants called hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs), an important step forward in carrying out President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.[read more]

Mixed Signals and Missed Opportunities as India Puts the Brakes on HFC Phase-Down Talks

October 31, 2013 by David Doniger

After a summer of diplomatic progress at the level of presidents and prime ministers, expectations were high that countries would launch negotiations on phasing down the dangerous heat-trapping HFCs at meetings of the Montreal Protocol in Bangkok last week.[read more]

India and US Make Progress on HFC Super-Pollutants

September 30, 2013 by David Doniger

The pace of action to phase down the super-potent heat-trapping HFCs quickened when President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Singh announced new joint steps towards controlling HFCs under the Montreal Protocol, the treaty that saved the ozone layer.[read more]

US, China, G-20 Make Progress Curbing HFC Pollutants in St. Petersburg Summit

September 9, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

The world’s biggest countries took steps at the St. Petersburg G-20 summit today towards an agreement to phase down the super-potent heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The group agreed to work together under the Montreal Protocol.[read more]

Biden Builds Momentum on US-India Climate Cooperation

July 29, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Vice President Biden India Meeting


In India, Vice President Joe Biden advanced momentum on U.S.-India discussions to combat climate change earlier this week, stressing the importance of a stronger U.S.-India strategic partnership, including working toward a global phase-down of super greenhouse gases.[read more]

US-China Breakthrough on Curbing Greenhouse Gases

June 10, 2013 by David Doniger

US-China relations

President Obama and President Xi announced a breakthrough in bilateral cooperation on climate change, by agreeing to work together on a phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons.[read more]

Two Notable Events Prompt Examination of an Important Property of Cap-and-Trade

July 23, 2012 by Robert Stavins

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In December of 2010, a group of economists and legal scholars gathered at the University of Chicago to celebrate two notable events. One was the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Ronald Coase’s “The Problem of Social Cost” (Coase 1960).  The other was Professor Coase’s 100th birthday.  The conference resulted in a...[read more]

Will China and India Help Curb HFCs, Or Stand in the Way?

July 23, 2012 by David Doniger

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The Montreal protocol is arguably the most successful international climate treaty - but just as it's being renegotiated, will China and India stand in the way?[read more]