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ACC Applauds Senate Ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol

Jennifer Scott

WASHINGTON (September 21, 2022) — The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today applauded U.S. Senate approval of the 2016 Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, a global agreement to cut the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The White House sent the Kigali Amendment to the Senate on November 16, 2021. A coalition of industry and business groups recently wrote to all Senators urging expeditious ratification of the Kigali Amendment this Congress.

“We commend today’s Senate action, which represents an important step forward in strengthening U.S. competitiveness and addressing climate change,” said ACC President and CEO Chris Jahn. “The HFCs phasedown can reduce a sizable source of emissions while creating manufacturing jobs and growing America’s share of the global market for air-conditioning and refrigeration products. U.S. companies have developed effective alternatives to HFCs for these uses. Ratification of the Kigali Amendment sends a signal that our country has made a long-term commitment, which helps open export markets. It’s a prime example of how American chemistry is applying innovation to address global challenges.”

ACC endorsed the bipartisan American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act, which began the national phasedown of HFCs and was enacted as part of the FY 2021 spending bill. ACC also supported a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to reduce the production and use of HFCs by 85% over the next 15 years. The rule was finalized in late 2021. Ratification of the Kigali Amendment will help accelerate the economic and climate benefits created by the AIM Act.

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council’s mission is to advocate for the people, policy, and products of chemistry that make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing. To achieve this, we: Champion science-based policy solutions across all levels of government; Drive continuous performance improvement to protect employees and communities through Responsible Care®; Foster the development of sustainability practices throughout ACC member companies; and Communicate authentically with communities about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life. Our vision is a world made better by chemistry, where people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives, safely and sustainably—for generations to come.

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