Senate backs Greens call to phase out globe-warming refrigerants at 25th Anniversary Meeting

The Senate today backed a motion by the Greens to work to phase down the production and consumption of hydroflurocarbons (HFCs), replacements for CFCs which damage the ozone layer less but are immensely damaging to the climate.

The motion calls on the Government to support efforts to phase down HFCs through the Montreal Protocol, the highly successful treaty that saw the world deal effectively with the ozone hole.

“As we daily see extreme weather wreaking havoc around the world, it is time we worked cooperatively and ambitiously in the global community to stop the pollution that drives global warming, and that includes refrigerants like HFCs, not just coal, oil and gas,” Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

“Micronesia, Canada, Mexico and the United States have proposed an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs, with the support of at least 108 Parties.

“As we approach the 25th anniversary Meeting of the Parties of the Montreal Protocol in November, I call on the Government to support in this important initiative and work with the international community to stop using these chemicals which are so harmful to our climate and move to commercially available green cooling products.

“We need to also use our expert diplomatic clout to work with the governments of India, China and Brazil to urge them to stop blocking discussion and agreement.

“I’m delighted the Government is supporting this motion and look forward to working together to phase down HFC production for a healthier planet.”
Senator Christine Milne, Greens Leader