18 October 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
A global deal has been agreed to phase out the use of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), the gases used in air conditioning and refrigeration.
Delegates from more than 150 countries met in Rwanda last week to reach what was described as a "monumental" deal by agreeing an amendment to the Montreal protocol - an international treaty designed to protect the environment against the impact of harmful substances in 1987.
Julia Evans, BSRIA's chief executive, said: "The phasing out of HFCs could help reduce climate change by 0.5°C and has the potential to take 70 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by 2050."
Evans added: "For some nations the phasing-out period for HFCs is long, which is of concern, but it is hoped that the phase-out will develop momentum in the market which could see the transition happen over a reduced period.
"With active help of the industry, manufacturers of both refrigerants and products can accelerate the adoption of low Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerants. This is important; as an industry we have a key role to play so let's act now".