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Canceled: A Proven Strategy to Reduce Risk: The Montreal Protocol and HFCs
October 04

Canceled: A Proven Strategy to Reduce Risk: The Montreal Protocol and HFCs

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the virtual briefing has been canceled.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Please join The American Security Project for this virtual discussion with the U.S. State Department on the opportunity for significant near-term temperature reductions through the Montreal Protocol, following its success in ozone layer protection.

A phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)—potent greenhouse gases used as coolants and refrigerants that replaced ozone-depleting substances—in the Montreal Protocol will avoid half a degree of warming by the end of the century. If new HFC-alternative technology is also energy efficient, the impact of a phasedown could double, reaching 200 billion tons of CO2 equivalent by 2050. The opportunity to significantly curtail climate risk and avoid tipping points this century by limiting HFCs is an opportunity for reducing security risk.

The telebriefing will provide an overview of the opportunity to limit HFCs in the Montreal Protocol and highlight how the same body that successfully closed the hole in the ozone can address today’s challenges.


Jennifer Haverkamp, Special Representative for Environment and Natural Resources
United States Department of State

Edward T. (Tom) Morehouse Jr., Former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense (Operational Energy Plans and Programs)

Andrew Holland, Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate
American Security Project

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