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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

Jennifer Scott

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’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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