ATMO Europe – ‘Real Need’ for Accelerated HFC Phase Down to Meet Climate Goals, Says EIA

According to Tim Grabiel, Senior Lawyer and Policy Advisor at the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), there is a “very real need” to accelerate the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol if we are meet international climate goals.

“We have a climate imperative right now; there are a lot of dangerous tipping points, [and] we’re in a race to protect the planet as it exists,” said Grabiel. “We have the Paris Agreement, we have the European Climate Law, [and] we have the Kigali Amendment, but this will require an adjustment be more ambitious if we’re to stay within 1.5°C [2.7°F].”

Grabiel delivered these remarks during his presentation for the EU f-gas policy panel at the ATMOsphere (ATMO) Europe Summit on natural refrigerants. The conference took place November 15–16 in Brussels and was organized by ATMOsphere, publisher of

European ambition

Grabiel highlighted that the ambition of the EU F-gas Regulation – which puts Europe’s phasedown of HFCs ahead of the international schedule – sets the stage for the Kigali Amendment to be adjusted.

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