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GETTING THE WORLD OFF THE CHEMICAL TREADMILL

For the past five years, negotiations are taking place under the Montreal Protocol to phase-down HFCs, a super greenhouse gas. Can we arrive at a deal that is equitable, effective and gets the world off the chemical treadmill? This paper proposes a framework to do this.

RESOLVING THE IPR ISSUE DURING HFC PHASE-DOWN

Multinational corporations (MNCs) have kept the world in a chemical treadmill by selling patented refrigerants. They are now introducing a new patented chemical – HFOs. Should Montreal Protocol pay for transitioning to yet another patented chemical to benefit MNCs?

PRIORITIZING NATURAL REFRIGERANTS IN INDIA

Natural refrigerants, an alternative to HFCs, have a low global warming potential, are non-patented and energy efficient. A transition to these alternatives would minimize costs and maximize energy and emissions savings. Can India, leapfrog the chemical treadmill and move to natural refrigerants?

CO-BENEFIT AGENDA OF THE KIGALI AMENDMENT

What should be the role of the Montreal Protocol in improving energy efficiency in the cooling sector? This policy brief, proposes a framework to incentivize energy efficiency while transitioning away from high-GWP HFCs.