After Kigali: ECOS urges stakeholder participation in standards at Montreal Protocol working group

If the Kigali Amendment is implemented successfully, it could avoid emissions of over 70 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) by 2050. Under the Amendment, all countries of the world together agreed to phase down super greenhouse gases and hydroflourocarbons (HFCs). Parties to the Montreal Protocol met in Bangkok in July 2017 in an Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) for the first time since the Kigali Amendment was accepted in October 2016 to work on the next steps in the implementation of the Amendment.

ECOS Policy Officer Thomas Willson presented the environmental perspective in setting standards during the fourth session of the United Nations Environment’s Workshop on Safety Standards relevant to the use of low global-warming-potential (GWP) alternatives. Standards can play a big role in facilitating a global phase-down of high GWP HFCs. It is imperative that all stakeholders participate to ensure the effectiveness of the standardisation processes. While focusing on flammability as an aspect of safety, this workshop gave place to an informed discussion on the technical and policy aspects of the safe use of flammable refrigerants as alternatives in the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) sectors.