25th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
- Start date : 21/10/2013 00:00:00
- End date : 25/10/2013 23:59:59
The annual Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol on protecting the ozone layer focused on a possible global phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and preparations for the replenishment of the Protocol's Multilateral Fund.
The European Union sees the Montreal Protocol as the best instrument to address HFCs, which are used to replace certain ozone-depleting substances (ODS) but are themselves powerful greenhouse gases.
The Parties agreed on a mandate for the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) to further address alternatives to HFCs. The panel will look at the economic costs and benefits of using low-GWP alternatives to HCFCs as well as the associated environmental impacts. This assessment will provide a solid basis for further discussing an HFC phase-down. A workshop will be organised prior to the next Open-ended working group.
The replenishment of the Multilateral Fund concerns the period 2015-2017. The Multilateral Fund helps developing countries comply with their obligations to phase out the use of ODS to an agreed schedule. The Parties agreed on the terms of reference for a preparatory study by TEAP for the replenishment, based on maximising climate benefits of the ongoing phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).
The Meeting of Parties, which took place in Bangkok, was the 25th since the Montreal Protocol was agreed in 1987.