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New Zealand ratifies Kigali

NEW ZEALAND: Almost two years after its Pacific neighbour Australia, New Zealand has become the 85th nation to sign the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFC refrigerants.

The Kigali Amendment was adopted by 197 countries in 2016. Under the agreement, countries commit to cut the production and consumption of HFCs by more than 80% over the next 30 years.

New Zealand has already implemented a law to reflect the Kigali Amendment. After 31 December 2019, a permit will be required to import or export bulk HFCs. 

The countries to have ratified the Kigali Amendment in date order are:

1. Mali 31/3/17
2. Micronesia 12/5/17
3. Marshall Islands 15/5/17
4. Rwanda 23/5/17
5. Palau 29/8/17
6. Norway 6/9/17
7. Comoros 16/9/17
8. Chile 19/9/17
9. Tuvalu 21/9/17
10. North Korea 21/9/17
11. Australia 27/10/17
12. Canada 3/11/17
13. Maldives 13/11/17
14. UK 14/11/17
15. Finland 14/11/17
16. Germany 14/11/17
17. Laos 16/11/17
18. Luxembourg 16/11/17
19. Slovakia 16/11/17
20. Sweden 17/11/17
21. Trinidad and Tobago 17/11/17
22. Malawi 21/11/17
23. Côte d’Ivoire 29/11/17
24. Ecuador 22/1/18
25. Netherlands 8/2/18
26. Gabon 28/2/18
27. Togo 8/3/18
28. Ireland 12/3/18
29. Benin 19/3/18
30. Samoa 23/3/18
31. France 29/3/18
32. Barbados 19/4/18
33. Vanuatu 20/4/18
34. Niue 24/4/18
35. Bulgaria 1/5/2018
36. Costa Rica 23/5/18
37. Grenada 29/5/18
38. Belgium 4/6/2018
39. Uganda 21/6/18
40. Portugal 17/7/18
41. Lithuania 24/7/18
42. Burkina Faso 26/7/18
43. Latvia 17/8/18
44. Niger 29/8/18
45. Senegal 31/8/18
46. Uruguay 12/9/18
47. Hungary 14/9/18
48. Tonga 17/9/18
49. Mexico 25/9/18
50. European Union 27/9/18
51. Estonia 27/9/18
52. Czech Republic 27/9/18
53. Austria 27/9/18
54. Sri Lanka 28/9/18
55. Panama 28/9/18
56. Greece 5/10/18
57. Guinea-Bissau 22/10/18
58. Kiribati 26/10/18
59. Paraguay 1/11/18
60. Switzerland 9/11/18
61. Denmark 6/12/18
62. Croatia 6/12/18
63. Slovenia 7/12/18
64. Japan 18/12/18
65. Nigeria 20/12/18
66. Poland 7/1/19
67. Albania 18/1/19
68. Andorra 23/1/19
69. Honduras 28/1/19
70. Chad 26/3/19
71. Montenegro 23/4/19
72. Armenia 2/5/19
73. Namibia 16/5/19
74. Cuba 20/6/19
75. Ethiopia 5/7/19
76. Cyprus 22/7/19
77. South Africa 1/8/19
78. Ghana 2/8/18
79. Peru 7/8/19
80. Seychelles 20/8/19
81. Cook Islands 22/8/19
82. Vietnam 27/9/19
83. Bhutan 27/9/19
84. Mauritius 1/10/19
85. New Zealand 3/10/19

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