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Vienna climate meet sets the stage for a deal on HFC phase-down

Amendment to Montreal Protocol should be ambitious and should provide provisions to address energy efficiency, says CSE

POLICY BRIEF: RESOLVING THE IPR ISSUE DURING HFC PHASE-DOWN

 
In the ongoing negotiations to amend the Montreal Protocol to phase-down the use of hydroflourocarbons (HFCs), Intellectual Property Rights of substitute chemicals—mainly unsaturated HFCs (also called HFOs) and its blends—have become a major point of difference between developed and developing countries. Developing countries have expressed major concerns on this issue as two companies hold most of the patents to these chemicals, creating a monopoly. They have, therefore, asked for clarification and resolution of IPR issues before an amendment to the Montreal Protocol is adopted.

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Ozone-smart, climate-cool

One item on the agenda of the much-discussed Narendra Modi-Barack Obama meeting that has Indian commentators flummoxed is hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The joint statement issued after the meeting of the two heads of states says rather ambiguously that the two sides agreed to cooperate on “next steps to tackle the challenge posed by HFCs to global warming.”

India should not shy away from discussing HFCs under Montreal Protocol, says CSE

 It should take the lead in setting terms and conditions for any agreement on HFCs

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