China to Ratify Kigali Amendment

ByDevin Yoshimoto,Apr 19, 2021, 07:141 minute reading

Chinese President Xi Jinping made the announcement in a virtual summit on April 16.

Video Summit between China, France and Germany, April 16, 2021, Xinhua News Agency

China,the largest producer and emitter of HFCs in the world, has announced that it will ratify the global HFC phase-down agreement established by the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, according to China's state-run press outlet Xinhua News Agency.

Chinese President Xi Jinping宣布了这一消息in a virtual summit held on April 16 together with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In addition, the U.S. and China issued ajoint statementon April 17 stating that both countries will "each implement the phase down of hydrofluorocarbon production and consumption reflected in the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol".

Fully implemented, the Kigali Amendment would avoid up to 0.4°C (0.7°F) increase in the global temperature by the end of the century, according to United Nations estimates.

The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol was enacted by 197 countries (plus the European Union) in October 2016. It entered into force on January 1, 2019. Its goal is to achieve at least an 80% reduction in HFC consumption by 2047.

Cambodia was thelatest country to ratifyon April 8, 2021, becoming the 117th country, plus the European Union (EU), to ratify the global agreement .

ByDevin Yoshimoto

Apr 19, 2021, 07:14

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