How Is KR 7.4 Tracking?
The Global Bans key result calls for universal adoption of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. This international treaty prohibits the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the heat-trapping refrigerants that are thousands of times more potent, pound for pound, than CO2.
More than 120 nations have ratified Kigali, with China and the U.S. enforcing new phase-downs on HFC gases.
Shortly after President Biden’s inauguration, he submitted the amendment to the U.S. Senate. A new EPA rule phases down HFCs by 85 percent by 2036.
This key result also proposes a global ban on single-use plastics for nonmedical purposes, including a rapid phaseout for grocery bags and single-serving beverage containers.
Three of the top five emitters have rules in place to phase down HFCs.