Amid preparations for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change talks, the Montreal Protocol quietly announced a decision to fund China’s phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), a move which will keep eight billion tonnes of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, not far off China’s annual CO2 emissions
If 2012 has shown anything, it’s that we’re still small and that our concise reports anchored in hard documentary evidence – often obtained undercover in potentially dangerous circumstances – continue to give us the clout to punch well above our weight
Our Climate Campaigner, Natasha Hurley, reports on the 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18) to the UNFCCC in Qatar. While some progress was made including a deal on a 'Loss and Damage Mechanism' and acknowledgement of the need for HFC phase-out, an overall lack of urgency and mitigation pledges was disappointing.
The Montreal Protocol’s relatively unblemished record of forging consensus looks as though it could be severely compromised by the actions of just a few countries – particularly India, China and Brazil – to block agreement on a proposal to globally phase down HFCs, the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions
EIA’s F-Gas team hosted a debate in the European Parliament to discuss the forthcoming revision of the F-Gas Regulation. They are a huge amount of work building up to something that lasts just a couple of hours, and right up to the event you have no idea how they will go