BELGIUM: EPEE has called for a swift ratification of the Kigali amendment to phase down HFC refrigerants after the European Parliament gave its consent on Tuesday.

Since the Montreal Protocol is a mixed agreement, EU member states will ratify the Kigali Amendment individually, in accordance with their national parliamentary processes.

Ratification of the Kigali Amendments requires the consent of at least 20 parties. So far only the Marshall Islands and Mali have ratified. The ratification process has already started in a few of the 28 EU member states.

EPEE called for swift action by EU members. “The EU and its Member States could trigger the entry into force of the Kigali Amendment and demonstrate the EU’s leadership in this field as happened with the 2015 F-gas Regulation,” it said in a statement.

“This global deal on HFCs will send a strong signal and will unite our industry even more in its efforts to achieve HFC reduction targets,” the group added.

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