Phasing Down HFC’s – A Statement in Support of Kigali Amendment Ratification

Overview: Negotiated in October, 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda, the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol is an international treaty guiding the phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) worldwide. Supported by businesses as well as governments, this treaty goes into effect in 2019 because the necessary number of countries have ratified the treaty, but the US is not one of them. Our NGO partners have been recruiting firms, universities, and others to sign on to a statement, which requests that (1) the Executive Branch send the treaty amendment to the US Senate, and (2) the Senate ratify it (requires 67 votes). The statement, which is addressed both to the Administration and to Congress, is a broad message of support for ratification of the Kigali Amendment and the development of policy to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). It highlights the business advantage of developing alternative technologies.

Opportunity: View the statement and sign on here.

Contact: Email Eric Howard ([email protected]) or Brianna Esteves ([email protected]) to sign on or ask more questions about the opportunity.

Note that a number of campuses have already signed – we can share the list if you contact Eric or Brianna.

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – Conference of the Parties

Overview: Negotiated, signed, and ratified during the administration of President George H.W. Bush, this 1992 UN Treaty has an annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to discuss actions and implementation efforts carried out by the 197 nations that have ratified the convention. In 2017, a small Second Nature delegation of college and university presidents participated the COP in Bonn, Germany; and iUS higher education was at the 2018 COP in Poland. Several US campuses have been involved, including Chatham University, CSU-Northridge, Portland (OR) Community College, Tufts University,University of Connecticut, and University of Maryland.

The next COP will be in late 2019 or early 2020 in Chile, and Second Nature will again be involved.

Opportunity: Participate in a delegation of campuses.

Contact: Email Eric Howard ([email protected]) to sign on or ask more questions about the opportunity.