The announcement follows last week’s meeting with US president Barack Obama in Washington and provides further backing for attempts to include the phase down of HFCs within the Montreal Protocol.
A White House press statement announced: “The Presidents, recognizing the importance of managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), agreed to work multilaterally in the Montreal Protocol to consider promptly amendment proposals to phase down HFCs.”
The announcement follows similar successful negotiations with China and India last year.
The next round of negotiations under the Montreal Protocol take place this month in Paris, prior to the annual Montreal Protocol meeting in November. In addition to a joint amendment proposal from the USA, Canada and Mexico, amendments have also already been submitted by India, the EU; and the eight pacific islands led by Micronesia and the Philippines.