UNDP welcomes China-US agreement to combat climate change

11 Jun 2013

New York – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) welcomes the agreement between China and the United States of America to work together to tackle the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) to combat climate change.
 
UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said today that joint activities by the world’s two largest economies can give impetus to climate change mitigation, negotiations and efforts.

Phasing-down the use of HFCs could be implemented in a concerted manner making the best use of international conventions focused on ozone and climate change.
 
China and the United States are important partners of UNDP in programmes to protect the ozone layer and the climate system. With this new agreement, UNDP looks forward to strengthening and expanding these partnerships.
 
As a result of international efforts under the Montreal Protocol to Protect the Ozone Layer, the use of HFCs is rapidly increasing in such important sectors of the economy as air conditioning, refrigeration, solvents, foam blowing and aerosols.
 
Some HFCs, however, are – like the substances they are replacing – very potent greenhouse gases. HFC emissions could comrpise up to 20 per cent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050 in business-as-usual scenarios. Agreed actions under an international framework to phase-out HFCs could therefore help keep the planet cooler by 0.5 degrees Celsius.
 
As a partner in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), UNDP has been supporting developing countries to reduce the negative impacts of HFCs on climate and energy use.
 
In a number of developing countries (Bangladesh, Chile, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia and Nigeria) – with funds from the CCAC – UNDP is assisting governments to conduct initial surveys of the use of HFCs, with the aim of developing evidence-based, effective phase-out strategies.

“UNDP is urging developed countries to extend financial and technological support to developing countries so that they can leapfrog to ozone- and climate-friendly technologies,” Helen Clark said.

“UNDP is committed to supporting developing countries to transform their economies through the use of environmentally sound technologies.”
 
UNDP also implements demonstration projects for showcasing safe and efficient technologies and substances with low global warming potential in the air conditioning, refrigeration and foams sectors.

Visit Ozone and Climate for more information about UNDP's work in this area.