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ACC Calls for Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approval of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol

Global Treaty Supports HFCs Phasedown to Help Address Climate Change

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WASHINGTON (May 2, 2022) — The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today urged the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) to approve the 2016 Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. A committee vote is scheduled for May 4. The Kigali Amendment is a global agreement to cut the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The White House sent it to the Senate on November 16, 2021.

“We have welcomed the HFCs phasedown as a major step forward in addressing climate change,” said ACC Senior Director for Energy, Climate, and Environment Charles Franklin. “The phasedown can reduce a sizable source of emissions while creating manufacturing jobs and growing our nation’s share of the global market for air-conditioning and refrigeration products.” U.S. companies have developed effective alternatives to HFCs for these uses.

ACC endorsed the bipartisan American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act, which was enacted as part of the FY 2021 spending bill and began the national phasedown of HFCs. ACC supported the 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.

“SFRC approval of the Kigali Amendment would enable the full Senate to provide its advice and consent,” Franklin concluded. “We encourage swift Senate ratification of the treaty as a way to accelerate the climate and economic benefits created by the AIM Act.”

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the multibillion-dollar business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products, technologies and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health, safety and security performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy addressing major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. ACC members and chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development, and are advancing products, processes and technologies to address climate change, enhance air and water quality, and progress toward a more sustainable, circular economy.

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