On March 29, France became the 31st state to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
The aim of this amendment adopted in Kigali on October 15, 2016, is to incorporate hydrofluorocarbons – powerful greenhouse gases used mainly in refrigeration and air conditioning – into the Montreal Protocol, which entered in force on January 1, 1989.
By setting a timetable for reducing the consumption and production of HFCs, the Kigali Amendment should make it possible to prevent some 72 billion tons of CO2 equivalent of emissions by 2050 and temperature increases of nearly 0.5°C due to HFCs by 2100. It will therefore fully contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
The approval of this amendment, whose requirements are already covered by our national law, including our obligations under European law, reaffirm France’s ambitious and unwavering commitment to the fight against climate change and the protection of the environment.
The Kigali Amendment will enter in force on January 1, 2019.