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CLIMATE WINS AS ANOTHER GLOBAL DEAL TO LIMIT EMISSIONS IS REACHED

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17 October 2016


UAE, Abu Dhabi – 17 October 2016: More than 170 countries – including the UAE – agreed to amend the Montreal Protocol to allow the phase out of hydroflurocarbons (HFCs).
 
HFCs, used mainly in air conditioners, insulants and refrigeration equipment, are the fastest growing greenhouse gases in many countries. The agreement to limit their growth – and rapidly transition to climate-friendly alternatives – will help avoid warming by up to 0.5°C by the end of this century. It will also increase chances of meeting the objective of limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5°C as outlined in the Paris Agreement.
 
Responding to the news, Regine Guenther, interim leader of WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Practice said: “This is great news for the climate. It sends a powerful signal that our governments are serious about tackling climate change, coming as it does on the heels of the ratification of the Paris Agreement, a new deal to cap aviation emissions, and just weeks before UN climate talks resume. Our path to action is clear and we now need to see the promises of these agreements realised in urgent actions on the ground.”
 
Tanzeed Alam, Climate and Energy Director, Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF) stated: “The phase out of hydroflurocarbons marks yet another milestone in the fight against climate change. This announcement is a turning point for the UAE where we all rely so heavily on cooling and will continue to do so as global temperatures keep rising. Air conditioning technologies will need to be more innovative and efficient at delivering cooling without costing the Earth. This also represents an untapped market opportunity for UAE businesses to support the development of innovative cooling technologies that meet climate change goals and the recent Montreal Protocol agreement.”