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Montreal Protocol meeting ends; nations agree to study HFCs further

No decision taken on setting up contact group to formally discuss the refrigerant gases under the international treaty

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South Africa, Philippines break ranks with developing nations on HFCs

No decision yet on setting up contact group; discussion on amendments to the Montreal Protocol on HFCs moved to another day

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Montreal Protocol: India opposes discussion on HFCs on opening day

Co-chair takes note of India’s stand but moves to ensure agenda item on North American and Micronesia amendments get adopted

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Press Release: New Delhi, October 21, 2013
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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The gas game

Fluorocarbons, which created a hole in the ozone layer, have generated intense global debates. But these have been more about business than environment. The world shifted to other gases twice. Time to make the transition once and for all

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US, China to work together on phasing down HFCs

India cautious in response; to disclose stand in Bangkok end of June

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‘Developed nations want India to leapfrog to a technology which even they have not accepted’

With climate change negotiations round the corner, an important debate on the use and phase out of hydrofluorocarbons used as coolant in refrigerators and air-conditioners, is expected. Sukumar Devotta, former director at National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), talks to Ankur Paliwal on the politics of HFCs.

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Climate of irrationality

Developed and developing countries are divided over regulating super greenhouse gases under Montreal Protocol

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Bonn climate talks: move HFCs to Montreal Protocol, says EU

Developing countries dismiss appeal, say fulfill technology transfer commitment first

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Curb HFCs

Plea to phase down a potent greenhouse gas

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Ecofriendly refrigerators

The first Indian refrigerator to meet Montreal Protocol standards is unveiled

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A way out for India

Indian fridge manufacturers are juggling their options for a substitute for ozone-depleting substances and some are looking at a revived technology that will no longer make them dependent on Western companies.

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F(ired)-gases

The European Council (EC) has decided to reduce the emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases), agreeing to phase out some of them completely.

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Widening the gap

The amendments to the Montreal Protocol made at the 9th Meeting of Parties may help curb smuggling of ozone depleting substances and ensure compliance. But they place a heavy responsibility on developing countries who have to move towards the use of substitutes and obtain new technology -- an issue that the protocol has failed to address properly

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The will is there, but not the funds

India has prepared a detailed plan to phase out chemicals that destroy the ozone layer, but its implementation is subject to aid from the Multilateral Fund

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A case of myopia?

For manufacturers of ozone destorying substances in the South its time to make a tough call. The protocol brings the bigwigs of the North-based chemical industry to their doorstep. Will they fight by leapfrogging to the best alternatives and beat the competition? Or will they succumb to the lure of immediate profits and be bought out?

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The lesser evil

Attempts are on to find replacements for deadly ozone depleting substances (ODS) such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)

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Clean move

A move to limit the use of ozone-depleting substances is on the anvil

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A real cool dude!

A new climate-friendly and non-CFC technology proposed for refrigerators may broaden the prospect of North-South cooperation regarding chlorofluorocarbon phase-out

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FOLLOW UP

The deadline for completing the tasks laid down by the Montreal Protocol is fast approaching, but India seems to be nowhere near to fulfilling its obligations, warn experts.

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Monkeying with money

Reluctantly funding developing countries for research on CFC substitutes is another exercise in enriching multinationals who created much of the ozone hole

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Selfish interests in the guise of altruism

NOW THAT developing countries such as India have agreed to respect the Montreal Protocol and phase out the use of ozone-depleting substances, the North is beginning to bare its fangs -- or, more correctly, its dollars.

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Freezing the Green fridge

Despite environment-friendly refrigerators making the grade, manufacturers are hesitant to introduce them commercially.

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Hush!

The refrigerant and air conditioning industry in India remains quiet about its moves post 2002 when it stops using chlorofluorocarbons. Is it also making plans to get 'compensation' to do nothing? And in this carnival of big business what chances do the owners of small-scale units have of surviving the protocol? Why no one will talk of them?

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