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Russian Federation ratifies Kigali Amendment

As part of the global effort to reduce the use of HFCs, the Russian Federation has ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, becoming the 105th country to do so.

“According to the scientific community, if member states deliver on their obligations regarding substances that deplete the ozone layer, by mid-century the ozone layer will have recovered to its 1980 level,” says Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko.

“Our joint efforts to implement the Montreal Protocol present a successful example of international cooperation to resolve environmental issues at a planetary scale. The emission of greenhouse gases with high global warming potential will be regulated using effective mechanisms. It is only by working together that we can succeed in limiting global warming to 1.5-2°C by 2050.”

Russia’s ratification was the sixth in five weeks, following former Soviet republics Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan. Liechtenstein, Botswana, and Nicaragua have assented since August.

Mali was the first country to ratify the Kigali Amendment, in March 2017, with Australia the 11th country to ink the pact later that same year.

The US remains conspicuous in its status as reluctant to join the climate coalition of the willing.

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