A key initiative in Europe’s strategy to fight climate change is being undermined by an escalating trade in climate-harming refrigerant gases. These alarming findings are featured in our new report Doors Wide Open: Europe’s flourishing illegal trade in hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), released today.
Polish authorities have seized nearly 25 tonnes of illegal hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants.Believed to be the largest seizure of its kind in Europe, the 24,459kg shipment from Ukraine included cylinders of R-134a, R-404A and R-410A and is estimated to be worth about €600,000.
China has identified illegal use and production of CFC-11 in a series of actions undertaken in response to our report Blowing It, which revealed companies making polyurethane foams in China continue to use the banned ozone-depleting substance. We want to see China undertake analysis of the drivers of illegal CFC-use
The unexpected rise in emissions of CFC-11 was top of the agenda at the 40th Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) to the Montreal Protocol in Vienna. Tina Birmpili of the Ozone Secretariat said it was “critical to take stock of the science and take action” and urged parties to “not relax their vigilance for a second”
Our Climate team is at the 40th Open Ended Working Group to the Montreal Protocol in Vienna, Austria, to press for action on illegal CFCs in China, climate-friendly energy efficiency and other issues – the ongoing, widespread use of CFC-11 in China is a major compliance issue and an environmental crime on a grand scale