Hydrofluorocarbons could be phased out soon
According to the White House website : “ the United States and China will work together and with other countries to use the expertise and institutions of the Montreal Protocol to phase down the consumption and production of hydrofluorocarbons “
Now that’s some good news are HFCs are very potent greenhouse gases. As Bloomberg noted : ” HFCs make up about 1 percent of greenhouse gases and may account for more than 20 percent by 2050. ”
As Grist notes, the European Union is also pushing into this direction. This could mean an agreement on HFCs could be reached quite soon.
If the major emitters are starting to curb together HFCs and given how they might soon reach an agreement on soot – black carbon – and other greenhouse gases, I am sure that soon they’ll agree to reducing carbon dioxide emissions.