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University Sign On Statement - HFC's and the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol

Negotiated in October, 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda, the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol is an international treaty guiding the phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) worldwide. The US has not yet ratified the treaty, which goes into effect in 2019. Second Nature is beginning to recruit campuses to sign on to the statement below, which requests that (1) the Administration send the treaty amendment to the Senate, and (2) the Senate ratify it (requires 67 votes).

Statement: 

The statement, which is addressed both to the Administration and to Congress, is a broad message of support for ratification of the Kigali Amendment and the development of policy to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). It highlights the business advantage of developing alternative technologies. Please consider signing your institution on to the statement. 

Text of Statement: 


"We the undersigned higher education institutions, recognizing the significant technological, research, and workforce development benefits to American-based institutions, urge the administration to support, and the United States Senate to ratify, the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol at the earliest possible date.

We also support the development of well-designed implementing actions to phase down hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) production and use - either through legislative or regulatory means. We stand ready to support both Congress and the administration in the development of these pro-growth, job-creating, policies.

As institutions that use HFCs in our operational processes, are developing innovative technologies through our academic expertise, and care about the impact of our supply chains, we see significant advantages to an orderly phase-down of HFCs and their replacement with next-generation chemicals - replacement products that have been developed by American companies and whose production will benefit the U.S. economy."
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