MONITORING REPORT ISB: The global community has recently moved a step closer to a deal on eliminating hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) at a meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Paris.

While no formal agreement was reached, the head of climate at the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Clare Perry, said there has been a clear shift in attitudes. “We are not seeing the same knee jerk refusal to discuss HFCs that has held talks up in the past,” she said.

“The vast majority of the worlds countries, including all the key HFC-producing states, have accepted the need to do something about HFCs.

“This meeting has witnessed the start of a process which will continue next year, with a definitive agreement ahead of the Paris 2015 climate meeting a real possibility.”

Australian Refrigeration Association (ARA) Policy Advisor, Brent Hoare, agreed saying that there is a clear determination to renew efforts to achieve an agreement in 2015.

Co-chair of the Montreal Protocol Meeting and director of Australias Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Office, Patrick McInerney, played a key role in managing disagreements between parties.

“He has exercised great skill in helping the parties move together towards constructive outcomes,” Hoare said adding, “McInerney deserves the praise he has received for being fair and balanced in handling disagreements.”

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