Ozone Treaty May Be Used to Fight Climate Change – Reports

The Obama administration is considering using the Montreal Protocol to address climate change in the short term, according to reports.

The protocol, ratified by 195 nations, has been successful in reducing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) responsible for creating a hole in the ozone layer. However the hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that replaced CFCs as coolants in everything from refrigerators to medical devices are extremely potent greenhouse gases. 

HFC’s account for a small, but growing, percentage of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

Changing the Montreal Protocol to phase out HFCs could have a quick effect on reducing climate change, with the possibility of new rules going into effect within a year. 

The Associated Press reported that Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif) are behind the idea. 

Scientists say eliminating use of HFCs would spare the world an amount of greenhouse gases up to about a third of all carbon dioxide emissions about two to four decades from now.

Manufacturers in both Europe and the U.S. have already begun replacing HFCs with so-called natural refrigerants such as hydrocarbons, ammonia or carbon dioxide.

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