US Adopting the Kigali Amendment

Posted by Elizabeth Grove on 02/25/2021
  • Traditional cooling and refrigeration technology use refrigerants with high global warming potential
  • US adoption of the Kigali Amendment will phase down production & usage of high global warming potential HCFs in the US by 80%
  • Lubrizol Creates Smarter with advanced lubricants that enable use of low global warming potential refrigerants

Ironically, some of the technology in use today to keep people, food, and medicines cool also is making the planet warmer. That’s why Lubrizol commends the United States’ intention to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which would reduce US-generated and consumed hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 80% over the next 30 years.

Phasing out emissions from high global warming potential refrigerants like HFCs – that are emitted by traditional air conditioning and refrigeration equipment - is a crucial step to curb global warming. Newer, more advanced technologies provide the same cooling and refrigeration, but they are complex and require more sophisticated lubricants and application know-how. Lubrizol is proud to Create Smarter by offering groundbreaking advanced lubricants that are used in new technologies that enable critical refrigeration and cooling functions without producing harmful HFC emissions. These low global warming potential technologies will enable the US to keep people cool, preserve food, medication, and other perishable goods and protect the environment.

By joining 120 other countries that have adopted the Kigali Amendment, the US will send a strong signal that the solution to bringing change to the global climate crisis lies in innovation of advanced technology and adhering to a firm timeline. Some estimate that worldwide adoption of the Kigali Amendment could result in the avoidance of 70 billion tons of carbon dioxide by 2050 and prevent up to one half degree Celsius of planet warming. Lubrizol supports these important goals by enabling our customers to Create Smarter with innovation that provides the cooling technology the world needs without the HFCs it doesn’t.

Elizabeth Grove

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