Recommendations to Climate Negotiators

- Preamble -

Climate change is happening and has been caused by increased and largely uncontrolled emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities.

We can reduce our contribution to climate change and the Durban agreement is an unprecedented opportunity to achieve this.

International climate negotiations must learn from past errors to avoid repeating history's costly social and environmental lessons. Both individual and collective action is now needed to halt anthropogenic climate change.

Each Nation and each Industry Sector bears an individual responsibility in the fight against climate change. The refrigeration, heating and cooling industry recognizes the role it can play to reduce direct and indirect emissions of greenhouse gases.

The organisations who endorse this statement call upon the negotiators of the Durban agreement to responsibly shape today the climate opportunities of tomorrow, and acknowledge the potential of Natural Refrigerants.

- Our Recommendations to Climate Negotiators -

  • Natural Refrigerants, including hydrocarbons, ammonia and carbon dioxide, have negligible global warming potential, and no ozone depletion potential. We call upon National Governments to acknowledge their potential to address global direct emissions.
  • Natural Refrigerants are a technically viable, safe, and efficient option for refrigeration, heating and cooling applications. We call upon National Governments to remove inappropriate legislative barriers, including restrictions ruling trade and safety, that hamper or impede their use. Interstate and intrastate regulatory differences shall be reviewed and eventually leveled to allow for the free trade and use of Natural Refrigerants, and enable the Industry to employ the best available technology at a reasonable cost worldwide.
  • The Manufacturers and Users of refrigeration, heating and cooling equipment are convinced that Natural Refrigerants offer a future-proof solution with unexploited technical potential for developed and developing countries. We call upon National Governments to provide funding for the research and promotion of Natural Refrigerants, and to facilitate a technology transfer from developed to developing countries, to fully exploit their ecological, economic, and social potential.
  • We call upon the Durban climate negotiations to acknowledge hydrofluorocarbons' contribution to climate change. The signatories of this Statement stand ready to actively support Natural Refrigerants as a global safe and sustainable alternative to fluorinated gases, and call upon National Governments to do the same.

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