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Phasing out hydrofluorocarbons

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Phasing out hydrofluorocarbons

Environmental protection and international agreements

Most hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), commonly used in refrigeration, air conditioning and manufacturing, have a high global warming potential.

Recognizing the urgency of mitigating their impact, the development of the Kigali Implementation Plan (KIP) represents a crucial stride towards the gradual reduction of HFCs. This sentiment was echoed by Kavi Ramano, Minister of Environment, Solid Waste Management, and Climate Change, during the opening ceremony of a KIP workshop held in Port-Louis on March 14.

Mauritius has been committed to phasing out ozone-depleting substances since 1992, including chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), in alignment with the Montreal Protocol. The country is poised to ratify the Kigali Amendment in 2019, underscoring its dedication to international efforts aimed at curbing HFC emissions. Through collaboration with local and international partners, significant strides have been made to deploy alternative technologies and embrace sustainable practices, especially in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector.

Minister Ramano highlighted that the 2016 Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol serves as a global roadmap for reducing HFC levels. Targets include a 10% reduction by 2029, 30% by 2035, 50% by 2040, and 80% by 2045, with production and consumption set to be frozen from 2024 onward. These measures signify a concerted effort to address the adverse impacts of HFCs and pave the way towards a more sustainable future.

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