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Bipartisan backing for Kigali Amendment

USA: A bipartisan group of seven US senators have written to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to encourage ratification of the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFCs.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is due to meet on May 4 to decide whether or not to recommend to the full Senate ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. 

The group, led by Democrat Chris Coons and Republican Susan Collins, insist that ratification of the amendment would help secure America’s place as a global leader in several manufacturing industries, and in turn give American products an advantage in the international marketplace.

“Ratification of the Kigali Amendment will sustain and expand the employment, investment, and trade benefits of the AIM Act, enacted in 2020,” the group writes. “American companies and workers are poised to significantly benefit from the transition to HFC substitutes.” 

The group quotes figures from the University of Maryland’s InterIndustry Forecasting Project  which estimates that implementation of the Kigali Amendment will add 33,000 new jobs and $12.5bn in direct output to the US economy, and generate a 25% increase in exports of US-made HVACR products. 

“Failure to ratify this amendment could allow our competitors to reap these benefits and may lead other countries to place import restrictions on American products,” it says.

If the Foreign Relations Committee recommends ratification, as expected, the Amendment would then require 67 votes from the full Senate – or two thirds of those present and voting – to join the 130+ nations who have already ratified. 

Related stories:

Biden submits Kigali Amendment to US Senate17 November 2021
USA: The Biden administration has officially submitted the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFCs to the US Senate for ratification. Read more…

US finalises HFC phase down plans – 23 September 2021
USA: The Biden administration has today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency will release a new rule to phase down HFCs by 85% within the next 15 years. Read more…

US joins China in Kigali pledge – 18 April 2021
CHINA/USA: The US and China have both committed to implementing the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and phase down the production and consumption of HFCs. Read more…

Biden orders US ratification of Kigali – 27 January 2021
USA: US President Joe Biden has today issued an executive order seeking the US Senate’s consent to ratify the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFC refrigerants. Read more…

US groups celebrate HFC phasedown bill – 23 December 2020
USA: Industry and green groups have applauded the passage through Congress of a bill to phase down HFC refrigerants. Read more…

USA a step closer to HFC phase down – 12 September 2020
USA: The USA moved a step closer to implementing an HFC phase down following a Senate committee agreement on a revised amendment to the American Energy Innovation Act. Read more…

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