UN Environment Programme welcomes G20 plan to reduce HFC emissions

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Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director UN Environment Programme. (UNEP photo).

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Tuesday welcomed an agreement by leaders of industrialized nations to renew efforts to reduce the emission of potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons.

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner described the declaration made during last week's G20 summit in Russia as "another positive signal" towards reaching a universal climate agreement by 2015.

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are widely used in refrigerators, air conditioners and industrial applications as replacements for substances which deplete the ozone layer.

UNEP says fast action on HFCs and other pollutants could cut the rate of global warming by up to 0.5 degrees Celsius.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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