Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will meet in Quito, Ecuador, from 5 to 9 November to take action to ensure continued protection of the ozone layer and reduction of climate-warming gases under the Kigali Amendment to the Protocol.
Set to enter into force on 1 January 2019, the Kigali Amendment requires countries to cut projected production and consumption of climate change-inducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in refrigerators, air conditioners and related products by more than 80 percent over the next 30 years. The Amendment, so far ratified by 56 parties, is expected to avoid up to 0.4°C of global warming by the end of the century, while continuing to protect the ozone layer.
At the Quito meeting to be hosted by the Government of Ecuador, the parties will take decisions on practical arrangements for the implementation of the Amendment. They will also consider how to tap into opportunities to enhance energy efficiency while phasing down HFCs in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector to achieve further climate benefits.
The parties will also take decisions on other issues related to the protection of the ozone layer, including on actions to be taken by all stakeholders to address an unexpected increase in global emissions of the banned chemical trichlorofluoromethane or CFC-11, the second most abundant ozone-depleting gas controlled by the Montreal Protocol.
Opportunity: Journalists are welcome to cover the meeting.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Journalists wishing to cover the meeting should note that some of the sessions will not be open to the media and they will be informed of such sessions during the meetings.
For more information, please contact:
· Keith Weller, Head of News and Media, UN Environment. firstname.lastname@example.org
· Dan Teng’o, Communications Officer, Ozone Secretariat. email@example.com