Tuesday 14 November 2017

UK ratifies super greenhouse gas reduction pact

UK ratifies super greenhouse gas reduction pact

The UK has become one of the first countries to ratify a landmark agreement to limit the emissions of a super greenhouse gas.

The Kigali amendment to the UN Montreal Protocol, agreed by more than 150 nations in October last year, commits them to reducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 85% between 2019 and 2036.

The harmful greenhouse gas, commonly found in fridges and air conditioning units and which has a global warming potential thousands of times greater than carbon dioxide, could have risen by up to 11% by 2050.

The UK, along with the rest of the EU, has already committed to phasing down HFCs by 79% between 2015 and 2030.

The Montreal Protocol will result in an additional UK reduction equivalent to around 44 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “Adopting this ambitious target marks the UK as a world leader in tackling climate change.

“This deal will reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of around 70 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2050 – the same as more than 600 coal-fired power stations would produce during that time.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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