HFC phase-down will be discussed in Montreal and Bali

The UNEP Ozone Secretariat has released documents in the lead-up to the upcoming 31st Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol meeting, scheduled in Montreal, Canada on August 1-5, 2011. The documents include the proposals from the US, Canada and Mexico and from the Federated States of Micronesia to phase-down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol which were already considered by the Parties at the 30th OEWG meeting in June 2010 and the 22nd Meeting of the Parties (MOP 22) in November 2010. 
Under the North American proposal, developed countries would lead the effort beginning in 2015 to gradually phase down to 15% of baseline levels by 2033. Developing countries would take their first step to control HFCs in 2017, phasing down to 15% of baseline levels by 2043.
The cover letter submitted with the North American proposal points out that “90 countries signed in Bangkok a declaration recognizing that the projected increase in the use of HFCs constitutes a major challenge for the world's climate system.”
The IIR will naturally report on the Montreal OEWG meeting and on MOP 23 in Bali in November 2011.